Thursday, August 20, 2020

Spotlight of The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

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THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE
BY NANCY JOOYOUN KIM
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Information in this post is courtesy of Lia Ferrone of Harper Collins.
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Nancy Jooyoun Kim’s very special debut, THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE (Sept. 1; Park Row Books)
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A profoundly moving and unconventional mother-daughter saga and portrait of an immigrant’s struggle to achieve the American dream, with a surprising murder mystery at its center.
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ABOUT THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE:

Margot Lee's mother, Mina, isn't returning her calls. It's a mystery to twenty-six-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the tenuous invisible strings that held together her single mother's life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.

Interwoven with Margot's present-day search is Mina's story of her first year in Los Angeles as she navigates the promises and perils of the American myth of reinvention. While she's barely earning a living by stocking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing Mina ever expects is to fall in love. But that love story sets in motion a series of events that have consequences for years to come, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

Told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE is a powerful and exquisitely woven debut novel that explores identity, family, secrets, and what it truly means to belong.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nancy Jooyoun Kim is a graduate of UCLA and the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, The Offing, the blogs of Prairie Schooner and Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

Her essay, “Love (or Live Cargo),” was performed for NPR/PRI’s Selected Shorts in 2017 with stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Phil Klay, and Etgar Keret.

THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE is her first novel.
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More Information:

THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE

Author: Nancy Jooyoun Kim

ISBN: 9780778310174

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Publisher: Park Row Books


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for stopping.

    This book sounds like a good read.

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