"Seoul’s gay bars, bathhouses, and other post-Cold-War locations make Spring on the Peninsula a beautifully written, lyrical account of gender-bending erotic adventures south of the demilitarized zone. With elegance, sensibility, sophistication, and a sharp sense of humor, Ery Shin makes her debut as a fiction writer with a bang."
—Rubén Gallo, author of Muerte en La Habana
"Wildly inventive, electric, and illumined with jolts of wit and pained insight, Spring on the Peninsula is a transfixing glance at modern-day Seoul that honors the mysteries and contradictions in each of its restless characters. Page after blazing page, Shin brings her prodigious intellect and unsparing eye to bear on the strange griefs, yearnings, and moments of grace that stud an existence. Spring on the Peninsula is a bold reimagining of what a novel can be, and a marvel, through and through."
—Jenny Xie, National Book Award finalist and author of Eye Level
"[An] unforgettable debut . . . The skill with which the novel is crafted—blurring the distinctions between daydream, fantasy, and reality with lilting, metaphorical prose—is undeniable . . . Shin masterfully locates the individual struggle to find meaning within a broader discourse, tussling with notions of class, gender, sexuality, generational divides, and war."