The Korean Word for Butterfly

Set against the backdrop of the 2002 World Cup and rising anti-American sentiment due to a deadly accident involving two young Korean girls and a U.S. tank, The Korean Word For Butterfly is told from three alternating points-of-view:

Billie, the young wanna-be poet looking for adventure with her boyfriend who soon finds herself questioning her decision to travel so far from the comforts of American life;

Moon, the ex K-pop band manager who now works at the English school struggling to maintain his sobriety in hopes of getting his family back;

And Yun-ji , a secretary at the school whose new feelings of resentment toward Americans may lead her to do something she never would have imagined possible.

The Korean Word For Butterfly is a story about the choices we make and why we make them.

It is a story, ultimately, about the power of love and redemption.

**Warning: This book deals with the following themes and may not be suitable for those preferring a “light” read: racism, abortion, alcoholism, and child abuse**


""...readers will likely keep turning pages to find out what happens in the book’s emotionally satisfying conclusion. An engaging, character-driven tale set in South Korea.""

Kirkus Reviews

"5 stars. Full of fresh, orginal writing."

—The Kindle Book Review

"This is one of the best young novels of the year."

—Grady Harp, Amazon TOP 50/HALL OF FAME REVIEWER

"Zerndt is a wonderful writer, and BUTTERFLY is an absolutely beautiful story. I was drawn into his characters from the first page, and I found myself devouring the novel in huge, satisfying gulps."

—kacunnin (Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER)