With spare, evocative prose, Snow Hunters
traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the
end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life in a
port town on the coast of Brazil.
Though he is a stranger in a strange land,
throughout the years in this town, four people slip in and out of Yohan’s life:
Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works, and who has his own secrets and
a past he does not speak of; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and
two vagrant children named Santi and Bia, a boy and a girl, who spend their
days in the alleyways and the streets of the town. Yohan longs to connect with
these people, but to do so he must sift through his traumatic past so he might
let go and move on.
In Snow Hunters, Yoon proves that love
can dissolve loneliness; that hope can wipe away despair; and that a man who
has lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second
chances, told with unerring elegance and absolute tenderness.
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