By Paul Yoon
Simon & Schuster, August 6, 2013

Winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award, Snow Hunters is “a subtle, elegant, poignant read” (, featuring a Korean War refugee who emigrates to Brazil to become a tailor’s apprentice and confronts the wreckage of his past.

“Exquisitely enigmatic…a small but radiant star in the current literary firmament” (The Dallas Morning News), Snow Hunters traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, a twenty-five-year-old North Korean POW refugee who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life in a port town on the coast of Brazil. 


Selected Praise

"[A] quotidian-surreal craft-master."
— New York Magazine 


About the Author

Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book, Once the Shore, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and as a Best Debut of the Year by National Public Radio. It also won the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. He lives in Massachusetts with the author Laura van den Berg. 


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