Finalist Center for Fiction for the First Novel Prize 2017.
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015.
Gripping, suspenseful, and unflinching, Tiger Pelt is a story of rebirth from the rubble of a savage time and a ravaged place: Korea during the Japanese occupation followed by the Korean War. A farm boy embarks on a quest that propels him on an odyssey spanning the Korean peninsula and crossing the Pacific. In a parallel life, a beautiful young girl is kidnapped and forced to work as a comfort woman for the Japanese military. During a raging monsoon, the two souls will collide in a near-death encounter that will alter the course of their lives.
“Unfolding against a sprawling canvas, an absorbing tale of characters shedding their identities and reinventing themselves, despite being battered by war.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review), Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015
“A passionate, absorbing novel…a seismic tremor of a book.” – Alexander Theroux, author of Darconville’s Cat
“Tiger Pelt …[is] a highly recommended pick, and a standout in the genre of literary and historical fiction.” – Midwest Book Review
“Tiger Pelt by Annabelle Kim…is spellbinding…It is a story that readers will not want to put down.” – Reader Views
“If you start this novel, you will have to finish because the story is about resilience, about luck, about terror, about impossible conditions, but it is ultimately about triumph.” – Jeffrey Keeten, jeffreykeeten.com