A Plus Book Club

Yoojin Grace Wuertz, Author Of ‘Everything Belongs To Us,’ Explains How Her Novel About 1970s South Korea Is Relevant To Today

She joined us for the second meeting of the A Plus Book Club.

Thursday, associate editor Lindsay Geller and I sat down with Yoojin Grace Wuertz to talk about her debut novel Everything Belongs to Us in the second meeting of the A Plus Book Club. We chatted about the influence her childhood in South Korea and her father's history had on her writing, the idealism and optimism of being a teenager, and the relevance the issues of South Korean society in the 1970s still have today.  And, of course, there was wine.

Everything Belongs to Us focuses on three college students and each of their coming-of-age stories in the backdrop of South Korea's own transformation under the dictatorship of Park Chung-hee in 1978. Jisun, Namin, and Sunam cope with their transition into adulthood while their country struggles with many of the issues that countries around the world are still struggling with.

"Even though it was 40 years apart, halfway around the world, I really wanted to write about it and write about it in a contemporary vein," Wuertz said. "There are so many similarities of what's going on globally, but also in the United States, with class inequality and young people kind of waking up politically, maybe for the first time in maybe a generation or two."

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