Frances Cha on her debut novel IF I HAD YOUR FACE and the impossible standards of beauty | Ep10 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Frances Cha's novel IF I HAD YOUR FACE is a riveting debut set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania. Here she is in conversation with Random House's Taylor Noel.

Praise for IF I HAD YOUR FACE:

"If I Had Your Face isn’t just a good book—it’s a book we need, badly. . . . The vivid characters at the novel’s core make for a compelling read, and in a time of such global division, hopefully a uniting one. . . . If you read one book this month, make it If I Had Your Face.”—InStyle

“Magnificent . . . With unblinking focus, [Cha] confronts some of the darkest consequences of contemporary gender inequity.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Searing . . . Essential reading in what Jia Tolentino memorably called the age of Instagram face.”—Vogue (UK)

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