Monday, March 3, 2014

Jamie Zerndt, Author of Korean Word For Butterfly: On Tour plus review


Publisher: Create Space, March 27, 2013
ISBN-13:  978-1483997476
Category: Literary Fiction, South Korean Society
Tour Dates: February, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook329 pages

Set against the backdrop of the 2002 World Cup and rising anti-American sentiment due to a deadly accident involving two young Korean girls and a U.S. tank, The Korean Word For Butterfly is told from three alternating points-of-view:
Billie, the young wanna-be poet looking for adventure with her boyfriend who soon finds herself questioning her decision to travel so far from the comforts of American life;
Moon, the ex K-pop band manager who now works at the English school struggling to maintain his sobriety in hopes of getting his family back;
And Yun-ji , a secretary at the school whose new feelings of resentment toward Americans may lead her to do something she never would have imagined possible.
The Korean Word For Butterfly is a story about the choices we make and why we make them.
It is a story, ultimately, about the power of love and redemption.
Praise for Korean Word For Butterfly:
“5 stars. Full of fresh, original writing.” -THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW
“This is one of the best young novels of the year.” -Grady Harp, Amazon TOP 50/HALL OF FAME REVIEWER
“Zerndt is a wonderful writer, and BUTTERFLY is an absolutely beautiful story. I was drawn into his characters from the first page, and I found myself devouring the novel in huge, satisfying gulps.” - kacunnin, Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER
“The author had his finger on the pulse of how na├»ve Americans react to Korean culture and a spot on depiction of how Korean culture plays into this sort of scenario.” -Wayne, Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER/VINE VOICE
Zerndt has managed to write something completely different from The Cloud Seeders yet equally captivating. These deliciously flawed characters will capture your heart from page one and have you sweating when you realize you’re reaching the end of the story entirely too soon. Zerndt is a master storyteller who seems to be able to write from absolutely anyone’s point of view with ease. Can’t wait to see more from this author.”-Sheri Meshal, Author of Swallowtail
From the Back Cover:
“Zerndt is the real deal.” -Jonathan Harris, author of The Wave That Did Not Break
About Jamie Zerndt:
James Zerndt lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son. His poetry has appeared in The Oregonian Newspaper, and his fiction has most recently appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal. He taught English in South Korea in 2002 and still loves kimchi.
Jamie’s short story, “The Tree Poachers”, recently won WCCHA’s fiction award. Some of his short stories have also won Honorable Mention in both Playboy’s and The Atlantic Monthly’s Fiction Contests.
Buy Korean Word For Butterfly:

4 Star Review
I received this book from the touring host for an honest review.
This is not a normal story book filled with facts as it unfolds giving you a glimpse of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. It is a book that is told from three different view points; people that in some way were connected with each other but not always part of each other’s lives.
We meet Billie, as she and Joe was on an adventure, going to Korea to teach English; meeting Moon at the airport and then later on Yun-Ji a local Korean girl also working at the same school. We share their experiences during good times and also making some tough decisions in their family lives and relationships. It is not an easy to follow story and at times I felt lost in between the scenes as if things were missing in the lives of these people. At the end I understood what the author tried to say and it became clear as the lives of Billie, Moon and Yun-ji were highlighted during a difficult time in the South Korean history.
A very gripping drama but personally not my favorite book to read. I found the book informative and well written. 

Follow the Tour:
So Many Precious Books Feb 3 Spotlight & Giveaway
Joy Story Feb 4 Review
Every Free Chance Feb 5 Spotlight & Giveaway
She Treads Softly Feb 7 Review
The Book Diva Reads Feb 10 Guest Post & Giveaway
Joy Story Feb 11 Interview
Indies Reviews Behind the Scenes Feb 14 Blog Talk Radio Excerpt/discussion 8 pm cst
Reader’s Muse Feb 14 Interview
The Princess Gummy Bear Feb 17 You Tube Review
Reader’s Muse Feb 18 Review
Serendipity Feb 19 Review
From Isi Feb 20 Review
Deal Sharing Aunt Feb 21 Review
Tracy Riva Feb 24 Review
Deal Sharing Aunt Feb 24 Interview
Book Dilettante Feb 25 Review
Tracy Riva Feb 25 Guest Post & Giveaway
So Many Precious Books Feb 26
Carole Rae’s Ramblings  Feb 27 Review
Margay Leah Justice Feb 28 Guest Post & Giveaway
Margay Leah Justice Feb 28 Review
Romance & Inspiration Mar 3 Review

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taiking part in the tour. I'm glad you ended up enjoying The Korean Word for Butterfly.