The Epicenter: Patricia Park in Conversation with Vanessa Hua

Co-presented by Green Apple Books

"Breezy, engaging... a truly fresh, modern take on the coming-of-age novel" —The New York Times Book Review

"Re Jane is a rich and engaging novel. Patricia Park writes with earnestness, honesty, and exuberance, which make the novel thoroughly enjoyable." —Ha Jin, National Book Award-winning author of War Trash and Waiting

Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of Patricia Park's debut novel, Re Jane. Park will be in conversation, with book sales and signing to follow.

"This was my America—all Korean, all the time." 

Re Jane is a contemporary retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. The novel follows the life of Jane Re—a half-Korean, half-white orphan sent to live with her uncle in Flushing, Queens. She toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation).

Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops and nineteenth–century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s very male attention. But when a family death interrupts Jane’s new life, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind.

Reconnecting with family, and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Jane wonders whether she is living out of obligation to others, or for herself. Re Jane is a tale from Queens to Brooklyn to the Gangnam district of Seoul and back, as Jane searches for “the motherland” and challenges what it means to belong.