Siobhan O’Brien

Created by Sung J. Woo

An intriguing and  button-pushing debut, Skin Deep (2020) pokes into all sorts of ideas about identity, race, image and the nature-versus-nurture fandango, and introduces us to middle-aged Korean-American rookie P.I. SIOBHAN O’BRIEN.

Very Korean-sounding, huh?

Turns out she was adopted by an Irish father and a Norweigan mother as an infant, and  struggles to carry on after her boss at Ed Baker Investigative Agency of Athena, New York, keels over from a heart attack. Which is when she discovers good ol’ Ed, much to her dismay, has left her the agency.

The first in a proposed series by Sung J. Woo, whose short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and KoreAm Journal. His first novel, Everything Asian,  received praises from the Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. A graduate of Cornell University with an MFA from New York University, he lives in Washington, New Jersey.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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