Books The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin Hardcover, 364 pages, Pegasus Books, List Price: $25.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Court DancerAuthorKyung-Sook Shin Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary The New York Times best-selling author of Please Look After Mom presents the story of an enigmatic orphan-turned-dancer who is caught up in the dizzying sweep of court life in the dramatic final years of the Korean Empire. Genres: Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Court Dancer NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2018's Great Reads November 27, 2018 The Book Concierge is back! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Review Book Reviews Graceful 'Court Dancer' Can't Escape Her Sorrows August 11, 2018 Kyung-Sook Shin's atmospheric, tragic novel follows a beautiful orphan whose dancing skills secure her a place at the Korean court, and later a life in Belle Époque France — but not happiness.