Soobin Shin is an aspiring young woman in a near-future version of Seoul. Ever since her college graduation, she has struggled to escape from her dead-end job in a doughnut chain. Her twin sister Hyewon is one of Korea’s most recognizable models, but Soobin just can’t seem to find her lucky break… until one evening, a creepy regular customer offers her a job in a company he has just started. OneLife Korea is going to save South Korea one funeral at a time… by burying the living in order to help them find some peace of mind in the country with the highest suicide rate in the developed world. Soobin has already lost her mother, and her relationship with her boyfriend is on the rocks. What else does she have to lose? Everything at OneLife Korea seems perfect until high-profile clients actually start dying. Soobin Shin is Korea’s beautiful new angel of death, and Funereal is a snapshot of a city in flux, taking a look at the dark side to surgery, survival, and stardom in the near future of one of Asia’s most dynamic capitals.
Publication date: April 14, 2015
Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback
Page count: TBD
Price (paper): US$17.95
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF
Word count: 48,000
Price (e-book): US$7.99
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- Funereal takes us on a bracing journey through the physical and psychological landscape of modern Seoul, entertaining us while never shying away from the big questions. The prose is taut and electric, buzzing like the hi-tech world that its characters inhabit. Funereal is both a thriller and a meditation on life in the 21st century, illuminating a world where media, technology, and the thirst for fame can turn the idea of living and dying on its head. Funereal is an impressive and imaginative achievement from an exciting new writer. – Chris Tharp, The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, Dispatches from the Peninsula.
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Giacomo Lee hails from London, but has also lived in Italy and South Korea. His writing has been featured on Boing Boing, io9 and Shortlist, whilst short fiction of his can be found in Aspidistra, L’Allure Desmots and the New Asian Writing anthologies. Follow him on Twitter at @elegiacomo, and read more at http://giacomolee.com/.