Shin Kyung-sook's 2nd Novel to Be Published in English

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Another novel by bestselling Korean writer Shin Kyung-sook will be published in English on June 3 after recent releases in Chinese, Italian, Norwegian, Polish and Spanish.

The English version titled "I'll Be Right There" has already received positive reviews in the English-speaking world. Shin is the author of the bestselling tearjerker "Please Look After Mom," which was released here in 2008 and published in English in 2011.

"I'll Be Right There" centers on the friendship, romance and loss experienced by four university students in the tumultuous 1980s. It was published here in 2010.

The Huffington Post included "I'll Be Right There" among the must-read books of 2014. "The novel's protagonist is well-read in both Eastern and Western literature, so allusions abound," it said.

"I was relieved to learn that British critics who read the English version in proof liked it," she said. "They were surprised at how different it is from 'Please Look After Mom' and asked if it was written by the same author."

Basking in her international popularity, Shin said, "I woke up early in the morning and wondered as I stared at the hotel ceiling whether I should write about some of the hotels I've stayed in around the world."

The author is touring Europe after attending the London Book Fair last week.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 15, 2014 10:11 KST