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    DescriptionMAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE WINNERWhen sixty-nine-year-old So-nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, her family begins a desperate search to find her. Yet as long-held secrets and private sorrows begin to reveal themselves, they are forced to wonder: how well did they actually know the woman they called Mom? Told through the piercing voices and urgent perspectives of a daughter, son, husband, and mother, "Please Look After Mom" is at once an authentic picture of contemporary life in Korea and a universal story of family love.

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    Please Look After Mom
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kyung-Sook Shin, By (author) Kyong-Suk Sin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307739513
    ISBN 10: 0307739511

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
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    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
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    DC22: 895.7/3
    B&T Approval Code: P24106000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PL992.73.K94 O4613 2012
    Edition statement
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    03 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Kyung-Sook Shin is the author of numerous works of fiction and is one of South Korea's most widely read and acclaimed novelists. She was the first woman to be awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize (for "Please Look After Mom"), and she has also been honored with the Manhae Literature Prize, the Dong-in Literature Prize, and the Yi Sang Literary Prize, as well as France's Prix de l'Inapercu. "Please Look After Mom" is her first book to appear in English. It will be published in twenty-nine countries and has sold over 2 million copies in South Korea alone.
    Review quote
    "A suspenseful, haunting, achingly lovely novel about the hidden lives, wishes, struggles and dreams of those we think we know best." --"Seattle Times" "A moving portrayal of the surprising nature, sudden sacrifices, and secret reveries of motherhood." --"Elle" "Intimate and hauntingly spare. . . . A raw tribute to the mysteries of motherhood." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Lovely. . . . "Please Look After Mom, " especially its magical, transcendent ending, lifts the spirit as only the best writing can do." --"Minneapolis Star-Tribune" "Shin renders a tender and beautiful portrait of South Korea, but the novel recognizes a familial dilemma experienced throughout the world." -"Ms." Magazine blog "The most moving and accomplished, and often startling, novel in translation I've read in many seasons. . . . Every sentence is saturated in detail. . . . It tells an almost unbearably affecting story of remorse and belated wisdom that reminds us how globalism--at the human level--can tear souls apart and leave them uncertain of where to turn." --Pico Iyer, "Wall Street Journal" "The novel perfectly combines universal themes of love and loss, family dynamics, gender equality, tradition, and charity with the rich Korean culture and values which make "Please Look After Mom" a great literary masterpiece." --"Seattle Post-Intelligencer" "An authentic, moving story that brings to vivid life the deep family connections that lie at the core of Korean culture. But it also speaks beautifully to an urgent issue of our time: migration, and how the movement of people from small towns and villages to big cities can cause heartbreak and even tragedy. This is a tapestry of family life that will be read all over the world. I loved this book." --Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story" "Haunting. . . . The novel's language--so formal in its simplicity--bestows a grace and solemnity on childhood scenes that mig