Ann Y. K. Choi

Ann Y. K. Choi is a Toronto-based author and educator who immigrated to Canada from South Korea in 1975. She studied English, sociology and education at the University of Toronto and recently completing her MFA in Creative Writing at National University in San Diego, California. Choi is also a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.
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Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

Toronto: Simon and Schuster Canada, 2016.
PS8605 .H62 K39 2016

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

A bittersweet coming-of-age debut novel set in the Korean community in Toronto in the 1980s.

This haunting coming-of-age story, told through the eyes of a rebellious young girl, vividly captures the struggles of families caught between two cultures in the 1980s. Family secrets, a lost sister, forbidden loves, domestic assaults—Mary discovers as she grows up that life is much more complicated than she had ever imagined. Her secret passion for her English teacher is filled with problems and with the arrival of a promising Korean suitor, Joon-Ho, events escalate in ways that she could never have imagined, catching the entire family in a web of deceit and violence.

Awards and Honours

2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize–Literary Fiction (Finalist)


Ann Y. K. Choi personal website

Publisher Simon and Schuster Canada


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