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Samuel Park

Born: 1976 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Samuel Park lives in Chicago, where he is an Associate Professor of English at Columbia College.

Biography: Originally born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Korean-American author Samuel Park graduated from Stanford University and USC, where he earned his doctorate in English. He is the author of THIS BURNS MY HEART, which was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2011, a People magazine “Great Reads in Fiction,” and one of the Today Show’s “Favorite Things.” THIS BURNS MY HEART was also a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction of 2011, a BookPage Best Book of 2011, and an Indie Next List Notable Book. Samuel’s other work includes the novella “Shakespeare’s Sonnets” and the short film of the same name, which he wrote and directed.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Samuel Park on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Shakespeare's sonnets /
ISBN: 155583955X OCLC: 71164842

Alyson Books ; New York, N.Y. : 2006.

The year is 1948. Adam Greenhurst is a student at Harvard with dreams of becoming a literary scholar. He's from a rich and influential family and has become engaged to the perfect girl. His life plan is set, until he's busted by campus police for having sex with another man in a public place.

This burns my heart /
ISBN: 1439199612 OCLC: 670324877

Simon & Schuster, New York : 2011.

Caught between tradition and modernity in 1960s South Korea, a woman in an unhappy marriage struggles to give her daughter a good life.