Winner of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016, this Korean variation on the Apollo and Daphne myth describes the transformation of a woman's body as she struggles against the men in her life who are determined to control her decisions, dietary and otherwise. I couldn't put this book down at bedtime and was up very late into the night with it. The poetic depictions of Yeong-hye's nightmares and struggles continue to haunt me every time I turn on the news and hear about another human's fight for bodily autonomy in a world that can take it from us by force. If you like modern retellings of classical mythology, don't skip this one.
Deciding to go vegetarian in the wake of violent thoughts, Yeong-hye, a woman from an Asian culture of strict societal mores, is denounced as a subversive as she spirals into extreme rebelliousness that causes her to splinter from her true nature and risk her life.