Short stories by Paul Yoon.

Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book, ONCE THE SHORE, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Debut of the Year by National Public Radio. His novel, SNOW HUNTERS, won the 2014 Young Lions Fiction Award, and THE MOUNTAIN was a National Public Radio Best Book of the Year. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 5 under 35 award from the National Book Foundation, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, he lives in Sanford, Florida with his wife, the fiction writer Laura van den Berg and their dog, Oscar.

Listing 5 stories.

A Korean War nurse faces gripping memories of childhood loss upon encountering an old friend.

A chance encounter with an old ex-girlfriend causes a man to remember his past relationship with her and with his cousin, who immigrated from Korea to America to live with his family as a small child. Though she died in a motorcycle accident years ago, when his ex-girlfriend asks how she's doing he lies, creating the life she never had in his imagination.

After suffering a miscarriage with her husband of three years, a hotel housekeeper takes a leap of faith and sojourns with a hotel guest to Galicia amidst separatist violence in contemporary Spain. They spend a passionate and hallucinatory day together and end up in another hotel room.

At a resort in Cheju Island, South Korea, an American widow mourning her late husband and a young Korean man who has just received news of his brother's death become unlikely friends and explore the caves of Cheju Island together.

In 20th century Russia, a Korean-Russian mechanic's childhood best friend suddenly returns to their hometown. Their unexpected reunion stirs memories from their families' intertwined past and forces the mechanic to confront the disappearance of his Russian mother.