Cheon Myeong-kwan is a former screenwriter who debuted with a short story, Frank and I, which earned the prestigious Munhakdongnae New Writer Award (2003). His first novel, The Whale, received the Munhakdongnae Award for Best Novel in 2004 and is being translated into English by Chi-Young Kim, with publication due in 2021 by Archipelago.
His novels including The Whale and Modern Family, have been translated into several languages including Chinese, English, French, Thai, Russian and Vietnamese. A translated extract from his latest novel, My Uncle, Bruce Lee, was published in Asia Literary Review, spring 2016.
Modern Family was adapted for the screen, and became the word-of-mouth hit: Boomerang Family.