Looking for your next read? Check out Old Woman with the Knife by Gu Byeong-Mo, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Andaiye S.
I recently listened to the audiobook for the Old Woman With the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo, read by Nancy Wu. The protagonist is a sixty-five-year-old female assassin who chooses to reclaim her time and kick butt instead of fading away into retirement. This was a refreshing read, as we don’t often see elder women of Asian descent cast in such roles in literature.
Hornclaw is not sexy or flashy, she doesn’t use high-tech weaponry and she lives modestly with her dog, Deadweight, also considered to be on its last leg. When she experiences a recent injury that compromises her special skillset, she vows to fight back against every stereotype facing her- and when a mysterious enemy from her past infiltrates her present, her skills are put to the test. Will Hornclaw have to fight to her last breath, or can she prove to her enemy, employers and even her dog that she’s still got what it takes?
Narrator Nancy Wu gives the story just enough punch to keep listeners engaged and on-the edge of their seat, especially during the fight scenes! I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys learning about different cultures, feminists, action enthusiasts, and those of us getting closer to retirement!
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