Welcome to the Massachusetts Review's Working Titles! Working Titles are e-publications of prose too long for our print pages. Working Titles will be published bimonthly.
Working Titles are made possible with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Five Colleges, Inc., and the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, as well as private donors.
Working Title 3.1: Table for One
In a city in contemporary South Korea, the nuclear family has given way to individual urban living. In Table for One,Yun Ko Eun sharply captures the dissonance of solitary life in a culture that prizes community and family. In an effort to navigate this 21st century conundrum, her narrator takes rigorous, highly structured classes to learn to eat alone in public. A sly, deeply sympathetic look at our increasingly isolated social world, "Table for One" transcends geographical boundaries to explore loneliness, community, and social awkwardness with grace and a wicked sense of humor. Read an excerpt here and purchase on Kobo, Amazon, or Weightless Books.
Yun Ko Eun was born in Seoul in 1980. In 2004, the year she graduated from university, her short story “Piercing” won the Daesan Literary Award for College Students. In 2008 she received the Hankyorek Literature Award for her novel The Zero G Syndrome. In 2010 she published a collection of short stories in Korean, titled Table For One, and in 2011 her short story “The Sea Horse Flies” won the Yi Hyo-seok Literary Award.
Lizzie Buehler is a freelance Korean translator and editor at Asymptote, based in New York City. She grew up in Texas and studied comparative literature at Princeton University. Her translations of Yun Ko Eun and other writers are published or forthcoming in journals including Ploughshares, Korean Literature Now, and Litro.
Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton are the translators of numerous volumes of modern Korean fiction—most recently The Future of Silence: Fiction by Korean Women and The Human Jungle by Cho Chŏngnae—as well as the graphic novel Moss by Yoon Taeho (serialized at the Huffington Post). Among the Fultons’ awards and fellowships are two U.S. National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships (including the first-ever awarded for a Korean project), the Chametzky Prize for Translation from the Massachusetts Review, and a residency at the Banff International Literary Translation Centre, the first awarded for translators from any Asian language.
Working Titles Currently Available
THE KEEPERS OF THE GHOST BIRD chronicles
the rediscovery of the Bermuda petrel, believed
to have been extinct since 1625. It is the story of
a tenacious bird and the naturalists who fight to
save it, amid the degradation of habitat in Bermuda,
a vivid and poetic tale of optimism and courage.
Read an excerpt and purchase on Kobo,
Amazon or Weightless Books.
TTHE LEADER follows three generations
of a Libyan family during the reign and
dissolution of Muammar Gaddafi. Moving
back and forth in time over the course of
nearly forty years, the story traces the ways
that violence and repression echo through
each member's life--a tale of hope and
survival. Read an excerpt or buy from
Amazon, Kobo, or Weightless.
TIME SERVED explores the plight of military
veterans deported after serving time for
felonies. In this searing investigative report,
J. Malcolm Garcia asks, “What makes someone
American?” Garcia follows four deported vets
as they work to return to their families and
the country that they served. Read an excerpt
or buy from Amazon, Kobo, or Weightless.
Henry S. Gere and Marshall S. Stearns are
transformed for the better through the
Civil War. The photograph they collaborated
to produce became the Civil War emblem
featured in Harper's: the carte de visite of
Peter, the slave with a scourged back.
These biographies tell of the possibility of
personal redemption and the evolution of
an image. Read an excerpt or buy from
Amazon, Kobo, and Weightless Books.
A young woman living alone sees a mysterious
older woman roaming the woods outside her
house. As they strike up an unlikely friendship,
the narrator finds herself questioning what
she knows about love, friendship, and family.
Read an excerpt or purchase on Weightless,
Amazon, or Kobo.
JUST ANOTHER JIHADI JANE follows the
radicalization of two young girls growing
up in a working-class Muslim neighborhood
in the UK. Ameena and Jamilla become
followers of a Jihadi matron deeply
involved in the Syrian war—but slowly
discover that their new reality is far different
from what they imagined. Read an excerpt
or purchase on Weightless, Amazon, or Kobo.
Working Title 1.5: Strange Mercies
Pete Duval evokes a world of staggering heat
and blinding midday light, a world of stray
dogs and curlews. It is into this world that
Mayhew arrives, a cameraman for a Catholic
news network as much fleeing the desiccation
of his marriage as pursuing the story of a
young woman who may or may not bemarked
by stigmata. Read an excerpt or purchase on
Weightless, Amazon or Kobo.
"Emergency Exit" unfolds in the disjointed
chronology of the perpetually jet-lagged,
skipping over months as easily as airplanes
cross time zones. In the slight surreality of
this enclosed world, Carissa Halston's
stewardesses reveal themselves as capable
of rage, apathy, humor, compassion,
efficiency. . . even friendship. Read an excerpt
or purchase on Weightless, Amazon or Kobo.
Eduardo Halfon's story follows the departure
of a well-off industrialist Jewish family from
Guatemala in the early 1980s. The events are
seen from the point of view of the naive,
inquisitive ten-year-old son. In Anne McLean's
vivid translation, the wrenching upheaval of
the family's departure emerges as a microcosm
of a country's descent into hell. Read an excerpt
or buy on Weightless, Amazon or Kobo.
Gary Amdahl's full-throated defense of the
novel as a means by which we might second-
handedly engage not only "nothing that is not
there but also the nothing that is." Amdahl's
energetic style, his restless interrogation of
criticism today, and his willingness to break,
burn, blow, and make language his own,
create an affirmation of literature in the 21st
century. Read an excerpt or purchase on
Weightless, Amazon or Kobo.
In three interlocking stories, Dinika Amaral
explores the fantasy and frustrations of
post-colonial India. Weaving together the
experiences of western visitors, the bustle
of a contemporary Bombay marketplace,
and figures from sacred Hindu texts, Amaral
offers a mercurial, dreamlike vision of
Bombay in the 21st century: ancient, global,
chaotic, dazzling. Read an excerpt or purchase
on Weightless, Amazon or Kobo.