Cuckoo Funeral, Magique, The Odd Job: Three Short Stories

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In "Cuckoo Funeral", a Korean-American teen knows her mother is the keeper of a secret, but she cannot pry it from her. In "Magique", a man wants his wife to partner with him in his greatest dream - to be a full-time magician - but she thinks magic is a stupid hobby. He gives her one last chance to support him. In "The Odd Job", an old man offers a vagrant woman a job scraping paint off his house. More

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About Christina Hyun

Christina Hyun is an award winning short story author and is currently writing her first novel - a political thriller. The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust awarded her short story, "The Stool Pigeon", first place in the suspense category for short fiction. Christina had the honor of traveling to Berkhamstead, England to receive her award at the 2012 Graham Greene Festival.

Her short story, "The Odd Job", was first published in Bellowing Ark, and it also took second place in Mom Writer's Literary Magazine's short fiction contest. She workshopped the "The Odd Job" at Zoetrope's online writing community to which she is grateful for critique and support.

Christina has been blogging at the Seattle PI newspaper since 2006 and is on hiatus to finish her novel.

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Review by: Laile Di Silvestro on Oct. 16, 2013 :
In a minimum of words, these three short stories conjure strong characters who struggle to deal with differing pasts, conflicting dreams, and submerged emotions. Repeated imagery viewed through different filters moves each story forward, often toward a poetically ambiguous ending. Intriguing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gay Nell German on Sep. 17, 2013 :
My favorite of the trio of stories was Magique, about an aspiring magician and his assistant wife. It describes the disintegration of a marriage and leaves you intrigued about the possible "solution".

The first story, Cuckoo Funeral, is a thought provoking story addressing issues of family, poverty, and also issues of bi-cultural identity.

The third story, The Odd Job, beautifully describes a young woman finally getting acceptance from a much older man who hires her to scrape paint from his home.

Ms. Hyun writes with a beautifully lyrical style. She draws you in with few words, and brings clear images of her characters and scenes leaving you wanting for more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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