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Eighty Days of Sunlight

This book was nominated by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award.  Other nominees include Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, Isabel Allende, and Lauren Groff.


After suffering a childhood “accident” involving a campfire and a bullet, Jason Han spends his childhood being cared for by a doctor in Princeton, NJ while the rest of his family lives in a factory town near Scranton, PA. Years later, as they prepare for college, Jason and his older brother, Tommy, reluctantly work together to investigate their father’s suicide.

Ultimately, the investigation concludes violently, and the brothers move to Pittsburgh where they attempt to cohabitate peacefully while working to settle their father’s complicated estate. Together, they explore the city once described as “hell with the lid off,” full of post-industrial landscapes and sultry coeds. The brothers also travel landscapes of guilt, betrayal, and secrets as they try to figure out what destroyed their family—and how to save what’s left of it.

Eighty Days of Sunlight is Robert Yune’s debut novel, a poignant coming-of-age tale that brilliantly tackles the prickly relationship between two brothers, exploring themes of trust, identity, and loss.

This book was nominated by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Other nominees include Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, Isabel Allende, and Lauren Groff.

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Robert Yune

Robert Yune is the author of Eighty Days of Sunlight (Thought Catalog Books). He works in a Gothic cathedral skyscraper in a city that receives eighty days of sunlight a year. As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. In 2008, he received a writing fellowship through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, selected by Sherman Alexie and Colin Channer. His fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Avery, and The Los Angeles Review, among others. Yune teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. During the summers, he has worked as a stand-in for George Takei and appeared as an extra in films such as Me, Earl and the Dying Girl and the forthcoming Fathers and Daughters. Yune’s book Eighty Days of Sunlight was nominated by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Other nominees include Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, Isabel Allende, and Lauren Groff.

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