On April 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the AER, Sung J. Woo will read from his new novel "Love Love."
Judy Lee's life has not turned out the way she'd imagined. She's divorced, she's broke, and her dreams of being a painter have fallen to the wayside. Her co-worker Roger might be a member of the Yakuza gang, but he's also the only person who's asked her on a date in the last year.
Meanwhile, her brother Kevin, a former professional tennis player, has decided to donate a kidney to their ailing father—until it turns out that he's not a genetic match. His father reveals he was adopted, but the only information Kevin is given about his birth parents is a nude centerfold of his birth mother. Ultimately Kevin's quest to learn the truth about his biological parents takes him across lines he never thought he'd cross: from tony Princeton to San Francisco's seedy tenderloin district, from classy tennis courts to the gritty adult film industry.
Told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Judy and Kevin, "Love Love" is a story about two siblings figuring out how to live, how to love, how to be their best selves amidst the chaos of their lives.
Jon Wertheim, tennis buff and Sports Illustrated executive editor says: "You will love 'Love Love.' Like Kevin on the tennis court, Sung J. Woo marries brute force with clever misdirection; brilliant flourishes with measured restraint; craft with tragedy. The result is a gem of a novel, by turns poignant, heartbreaking and wickedly funny. The only dangling thread: when's the film adaptation coming out?"
Katie Crouch, bestselling author of "Girls in Trucks" and "Abroad," calls "'Love Love" "a wonderful book about two characters I fell for instantly. I was hooked by the novel's twists and pitfalls, which kept me on my seat all the way until the end. Sung J. Woo's sure voice and beautiful descriptions will seduce any reader who enjoys a good story about love that doesn't come easy."