Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom

Hardback

By (author) Kyung-Sook Shin, By (author) Kyong-Suk Sin, Translated by Chi-Young Kim

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 237 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 236mm x 30mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307593916
  • ISBN 13: 9780307593917
  • Sales rank: 158,733

Product description

A million-plus-copy best seller in Korea--a magnificent English-language debut poised to become an international sensation--this is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family's search for their mother, who goes missing one afternoon amid the crowds of the Seoul Station subway. 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. You will never think of your mother the same way again after you read this book.

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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 has 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 and will be published in nineteen countries. Currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City, she lives in Seoul.

Review quote

"Indelible . . . In four distinct voices, the character of Mom--a rural farmwoman whose 'hands could nurture any life'--is reassembled by her eldest daughter, whose books Mom couldn't read; her eldest son, for whom she could never do enough; her husband, who never slowed down; and finally Mom herself as she wanders through memories both strange and familiar. Shin's breathtaking novel is an acute reminder of how easily a family can fracture, how little we truly know one another, and how desperate need can sometimes overshadow even the deepest love. VERDICT: Already a prominent writer in Korea, Shin finally makes her English-language debut with what will appeal to all readers who appreciate compelling, page-turning prose. Stay tuned: "Mom" should be one of this year's most-deserving bestsellers." --Terry Hong, "Library Journal" "A mother's disappearance exposes family consciences, secrets and dependencies . . . An enormous pu