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Same Bed Different Dreams

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Same Bed Different Dreams

A wild, sweeping novel that imagines an alternate secret history of Korea and the traces it leaves on the present --- loaded with assassins and mad poets, RPGs and slasher films, pop bands and the perils of social media.

In 1919, far-flung patriots establish the Korean Provisional Government to protest the Japanese occupation of their country. This government-in-exile proves mostly symbolic, though, and after Japan’s defeat in World War II, the KPG dissolves and civil war erupts, resulting in the tragic North-South split that remains today.

But what if the KPG still existed --- now working toward a unified Korea, secretly pulling levers to further its aims? SAME BED DIFFERENT DREAMS weaves together three distinct narrative voices with an archive of mysterious images and twists reality like a kaleidoscope. Korean history, American pop culture and our tech-fraught lives come together in this extraordinary and unforgettable novel.

Soon Sheen, a former writer now employed by the tech behemoth GLOAT, comes into possession of an unfinished book seemingly authored by the KPG. The manuscript is a riveting revisionist history, connecting famous names and obscure bit players to the KPG’s grand project --- everyone from Syngman Rhee and architect-poet Yi Sang to Jack London and Marilyn Monroe. "M*A*S*H" is in here, too, as are the Moonies and a history of violence extending from the assassination of President McKinley to the Reagan-era downing of a passenger plane that puts the world on the brink of war.

From the acclaimed author of PERSONAL DAYS, SAME BED DIFFERENT DREAMS is a raucously funny feat of imagination and a thrilling meld of history and fiction that pulls readers into another dimension --- one in which utopia is possible.

Same Bed Different Dreams
by Ed Park

  • Publication Date: November 7, 2023
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN-10: 0812998979
  • ISBN-13: 9780812998979