Set in wartime Korea during the early 1950s, and in the American South in the years immediately following, The Foreign Student brings together two intelligent, original characters - a Korean student and a rebellious young American woman - in an affecting story of improbable love and emotional healing.Chang Ahn, called Chuck, has arrived at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, with the contents of one suitcase and a working knowledge of English. It is 1955, and he has come to escape nightmarish memories of his native Korea. Guarded and reserved, Chuck is slow to befriend the American students, with the exception of Crane, a boisterous, wealthy dormitory mate who sets aside his own parochial opinions to cultivate a friendship with this intriguing Korean.But it is Katherine Monroe, alone among the members of the sleepy college community, who becomes the private center of Chuck's attention. In many ways, Katherine is as much an outsider is he is. Neither student nor faculty, she lives in Sewanee, somewhat isolated in her family's onetime summer house. The two meet on his first morning in town, and they sense an immediate, strange affinity.The seemingly impossible love that develops between Katherine and Chuck is at first denied, later resisted by both. It will drive them apart, and send them on separate journeys of self-discovery that will eventually strengthen the bonds rather than the differences between them. Both loners and survivors, they must come to recognize why their pasts have led them to this particular time and place, and what fate has, perhaps, intended.
- Hardback | 325 pages
- 146.05 x 222.25 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
- 30 Sep 1998
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States