Kay's Lucky Coin Variety

Ann Y.K. Choi's debut novel is a coming-of-age story set in Toronto's Korean community in the 1980s.

Ann Y.K. Choi

This haunting coming-of-age story, told through the eyes of a rebellious young girl, vividly captures the struggles of families caught between two cultures in the 1980s. Family secrets, a lost sister, forbidden loves, domestic assaults — Mary discovers as she grows up that life is much more complicated than she had ever imagined. Her secret passion for her English teacher is filled with problems, and with the arrival of a promising Korean suitor, Joon-Ho, events escalate in ways that she could never have imagined, catching the entire family in a web of deceit and violence. A unique and imaginative debut novel, Kay's Lucky Coin Variety evocatively portrays the life of a young Korean-Canadian woman who will not give up on her dreams or her family. (From Simon & Schuster)

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From the book

I was behind the counter of our convenience store, Kay's Lucky Coin Variety, reading the Toronto Star when I heard tires screech and someone screaming obscenities. A horn blasted. I looked out the window.

"Are you freaking crazy?" the driver was yelling. Tico merely kept honking the bicycle horn he wore around his neck as he finished crossing the street.

From Kay's Lucky Coin Variety by Ann Y.K. Choi ©2016. Published by Simon & Schuster.

Author interviews

Debut novelist Ann Y. K. Choi on her story of a Korean-Canadian girl whose family owns a convenience store in downtown Toronto.