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A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul.

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

A disturbing, yet beautifully composed narrative told in three parts, The Vegetarian is an allegorical novel about modern day South Korea but also a story of obsession, choice, and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Indebted to Kafka, this story…will have you reading with your hand over your mouth in shock.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Adventurous readers will be blown away…This moving story engages complicated questions about desire, guilt, obligation and madness.”


  • “A complex, terrifying look at how seemingly simple decisions can affect multiple lives…In a world where women’s bodies are constantly under scrutiny, the protagonist’s desire to disappear inside of herself feels scarily familiar.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Its three-part structure is brilliant, gradually digging deeper and deeper into darker and darker places; the writing is spare and haunting; but perhaps most memorable is its crushing climax, a phantasmagoric yet emotionally true moment that’s surely one of the year’s most powerful. This is an ingenious, upsetting, and unforgettable novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Family dysfunction amid cultural suffocation is presented with elegant precision, transforming readers into complicit voyeurs.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Narrators Stephen Park and Janet Song deliver both sides of this darkly suspenseful story of warring desires…Park’s narration outlines Yeong-hye’s love of her sister as well as her husband’s, brother-in-law’s, and parents’ efforts to physically and mentally control her. While Park focuses on the action of this piece and Yeong-hye’s surroundings, Song unveils Yeong-hye’s dreams and their impact on her mental state, giving listeners a fuller understanding of her thoughts and intentions.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for February 2016
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick for 9 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in February
  • A 2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Selection
  • A Time Magazine Pick for the Best Books of 2016 So Far
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