Podcast Shownotes

[39] Crystal Hana Kim, author of If You Leave Me

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“When men feel like they’re disempowered, it’s easy for them to create power by bonding together and belittling women.” – Crystal Hana Kim


Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by The Washington Post, Booklist, Literary Hub, The New York Post, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Nylon, and others. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. It is now available in paperback! Kim was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal

Connect with Crystal on her website, Instagram or Twitter.

Crystal’s book recommendations: Halsey Street by Naima Coster and Chemistry by Weike Wang


Also mentioned in this episode: Feminist Book Club ep. 24: Top 5 Feminist Books with Traci Thomas

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Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminists to learn, grow, and connect. When not reading or running the biz, you can find her drinking coffee and trying unsuccessfully to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Favorite genres: feminist thrillers, contemporary literary fiction, short stories, and anything that might be described as "irreverent"


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