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Please Look After Mom
Please Look After Mom | Kyung-Sook Shin
A million-plus-copy best seller in Koreaa magnificent English-language debut poised to become an international sensationthis is the stunning, deeply moving story of a familys 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Readswithcoffee
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This novel examines the dynamics & memories of a family whose mother/wife has disappeared at Seoul Station. It is told from the viewpoint of the various members of the family and much of it is in second person narrative. Overall, a good listen, especially if you enjoy books about Korean culture & traditions.

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PaperbackPirate
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Tonight I binged the end of this book for book club tomorrow. The story captures the sacrifices a parent makes for their children, but this mom is extra!
One thing I did not like is that some of the chapters are told in 2nd person narrative which I‘m not a fan of, then on top it‘s told from different characters‘ points of view. It got really confusing at times.
Do you like 2nd person? Sorry I meant, You like 2nd person.
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PaperbackPirate
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“They say that if you take in a person he will betray you, and if you take in a dog he will pay you back.”
🐕 Captain Skippyjon Jones pays me back in snuggles and Bookstagram modeling.
#dogsofLitsy

Leftcoastzen Awwww!🐶 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you for the lovely Christmas card! ❤ 1mo
PaperbackPirate @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💙 Thank you for being a fun pen pal! 1mo
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DJasmine
Please Look After Mom | Kyung-Sook Shin
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Genre: Fiction
Date Started: November 14, 2019
Date Completed: November 29, 2019
How did you choose this book: Recommended by someone and I read the summary of the book and was interested.
Summary: [in the comment section]
*254 pages*

DJasmine A 69 year old woman is separated from her husband between the crowds of Seoul subway station. Her family begins to use every possible way to find her; putting up flyers, asking other people if they have seen their wife/mother, etc. As they (her family) look for them, they find out things that they never knew about their mother and wonder if they actually knew the woman they call their mom.
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DJasmine In chapter 3, it talks about how the husband just thought of his wife as his children‘s mother. But after his children‘s mother went missing, that was the moment he realized that it was his wife that went missing; his wife that was present in his heart but was forgotten until that moment.
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DJasmine I believe that in this chapter, the saying ㅡ “You only realize the importance of someone when they are gone” ㅡ is shown because the husband only realized how important his wife was to him. He also acknowledged the fact that he took his wife for granted. (edited) 2mo
DJasmine I believe that the theme of this story/novel is family love. This is because even though they find out things they never knew about their mom and they realize their sorrows, they didn‘t give up but instead kept searching for her. 2mo
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Cinfhen
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#AyUpAugust A book that‘s been on my #TBR for way to long🙄When a mother goes #missing on a crowded subway stop in Seoul, the family dynamics are put to the test. Told in alternating voices & perspectives an intimate look of family life/ obligations from a different culture. Another book I‘ll be looking for today, on my #BookShoppingDate with @MicheleinPhilly 💕💕💕

erzascarletbookgasm 🙌 I was just going to post this book! 😉 6mo
Cinfhen Have u read it @erzascarletbookgasm ?? I‘m getting ready to post a small parcel to you ~ hope it doesn‘t take too long 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Still tbr! Thanks Cindy for thinking of me. Slowly but surely it‘ll reach me..🙄 6mo
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squirrelbrain Sounds interesting! Have a great shopping trip! ❤️📚 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m a little worried @squirrelbrain 🙄 @MicheleinPhilly is not known for her restraint when it comes to book enabling 😜 6mo
squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly sounds like a wonderful booking buying companion! Who needs restraint when buying book?! 📚📚📚🤣 6mo
Cinfhen Oh God!!! I see you‘re no better @squirrelbrain 🐿🐿🐿🐿 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Psssh. Restraint? Who needs restraint??? @squirrelbrain 6mo
squirrelbrain Exactly @MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen - you need large tote bags, but you can leave the restraint at home! Post #bookhauls later please! 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Her husband might hunt me down and kill me. 😬 6mo
bullbunny I read tagged book from them, and enjoyed it. I would like to read more 6mo
gradcat Hope you‘re having a great time over here, @Cinfhen ! Good shopping 🛍! 6mo
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alisonrose
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This is a quick but heavy read, which alternates between being a bit tedious and dry to being really emotional and moving. I thought the author handled the multi-narrative style well for the most part, but the characters fell a bit flat for me. I do always like a story about an older woman who is so much more/different than her family and friends realize. Kept me interested and a worthy read, but only good, not great. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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I‘m usually not super into faces on book covers, but I like the composition of this cover a lot. #nowreading

Crazeedi Curious if you enjoy this 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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When a mother is separated from her husband in a subway and vanishes in the crowd, the family was thinking #ohmother where are you?! ...and begins a citywide search that continues for months.. a moving reflection on motherhood. #anewchapter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!!!! 13mo
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Abailliekaras
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An exquisite novel set in Seoul. A family searches for their mother, who has gone missing. Crystal-clear writing - thoughtful but fluid. She gives her characters space to reflect, but on each page there‘s a tension or event to propel the reader forward. It‘s infused with South Korean culture yet there‘s so much we can all relate to (especially re motherhood). The final scene is stunning, heart-breaking and redemptive. Highly recommended.

LeeRHarry Sounds fab - stacked ! And love the photo 😊 13mo
Abailliekaras @LeeRHarry thanks! ☺️ 13mo
Cinfhen Great review!!! One of the newer books you recently purchased!!! Nice ❤️ 13mo
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Ncostell This was a great book that I still think about from time to time despite having read it a long time ago. I always think about it on the rare occasions that I take the subway! 13mo
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen thank you! Yes a recent purchase and now I want to read all of her books. 😃 13mo
Abailliekaras @Ncostell yes it‘s stayed with me too! 13mo
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Abailliekaras
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#bookhaul at one of my favourite indie book stores, South Seas at Port Elliot. ❤️📚 I‘m keen to read Kyung-Sook Shin after hearing Matthew Sciarappa rave about her!

Emilymdxn I really loved the tagged book! 14mo
Cinfhen This has been on my TBR for a long time!!! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts!! And nosy me is trying to see the rest of your titles...please share😄 14mo
batsy I spy Yoko Tawada (I really want to read that one!) and the da Vinci bio 🧐😆 14mo
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Abailliekaras @Emilymdxn I can‘t wait to read it! 14mo
Abailliekaras @batsy yes the Yoko Tawada sounds interesting (can‘t recall where I first heard about it) & I‘ve been hearing people rave about Leonardo so 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had to have it. 😉 14mo
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen last children of Tokyo by yoko tawada, Leonardo da Vinci by Walter isaacson, east of eden by John Steinbeck (for London book club) and notes by Jan Morris (whose travel writing I love). 📚☺️ 14mo
Cinfhen Thank you!!! Lots of interesting genres 🤓 14mo
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen yes it‘s a mix! And I didn‘t even get to look properly at the fiction shelves. Will have to go back. 😉😂 13mo
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 23: Iphigene reviews this Korean novel in 2012: This book‘s strength lies in its ability to let the reader experience the range of emotions every character felt as they dealt with the tragedy of losing their wife & their #mother, while at the same time examining a common human experience. Ironically, as dementia makes the family lose a #mother and wife, it is this loss that forces them to reconstruct their idea of #mother⬇️

GatheringBooks Link to full review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-3xQ 2y
tammysue Beautiful review! 💜 2y
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mhillis
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Thanks to reviews by @Currey and simona
I decided to read this book for #readaroundtheworld #southkorea
When mom goes missing in the Seoul subway station, we learn that even those closest to her didn‘t really know about her life. The author‘s use of different points of view and a four part structure were effective. I can see why it is so popular!

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Currey
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#readaroundtheworld #southkorea My 2nd book from South Korea this month. I agree with Simona that it is well worth reading for the intimate portrayal of a contemporary family experiencing radical change from village life to urban existence. The story is told uniquely through 1st, 2nd and 3rd person narration as we hear about the disappearance of the mother in a Seoul subway station through 4 different perspectives.

Currey I believe the author pulls off the core theme of how little someone can know about the inner life of another person. However, the book has missteps with unnecessary drama toward the end. 2y
Simona @Currey I was quite surprised by the end, because author managed to escape melodramatic vibes through the story... 2y
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Simona
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Family members, after the disappearance of the mother, start to realize that no one knew the Mom/wife as a person with wishes and dreams, but merely by her role in family. Although the story has a very melodramatic end, for me this book is a pick-mainly because of the dynamic structure and narrative perspective which alternates between characters from a first to second and a third-person perspective. Sad story about motherhood, guilt and regrets.

MayJasper I admire your reading abilities ❣ I am not sure I could cope with a book that keeps changing persons. 2y
Simona @MayJasper It‘s odd at the beginning, but when you figure it out when/why this alternation happen - becomes easier. 2y
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BarbaraBB This sounds really good. Thanks for the review! 2y
Currey I am going to try and read this also @Simona 2y
Simona @BarbaraBB @Currey Is not a perfect book, but the general message is given very clearly and in an interesting way. 2y
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GhostStories
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Happy Mother‘s Day! And in honor of today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite books of the past years. It is compelling, addictive, and positively dangerous to read in public if you have issues crying in public. It is a story about a mother gone missing told in a dry, honest manner that is touching for its detail and truth. The regrets of the characters urge the reader to take nothing for granted.

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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 13: One of the GatheringBooks ladies, Iphigene, featured this book about #Mother(s) a few years back at GatheringBooks, a moving story about a missing mum, separated from her husband in a crowded Seoul subway station. Here is the link to the full review: https://gatheringbooks.org/2012/04/25/please-look-after-mother/

Cinfhen I‘ve always meant to read this book!! 2y
Smrloomis I loved this book so much! 2y
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stargazerblue49
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Exploring more MN pizza options and finishing another book. I‘m so confused by this one because I was really intrigued by the structure of the book, but I‘m not really sure what actually happened or why, and none of the characters were really all that likable except for Mom. I will have to keep pondering and hope to read more from Kyung-Sook Shin. #lastnightshift #pizzaalldayerreday

mom2bugnbee The writing in second person kinda threw me off in this book. And I'm still not exactly sure what happened, but I think that's by design? 2y
stargazerblue49 @mom2bugnbee Yeah! Especially in the section from Mom‘s POV... I was trying to decide if Mom intentionally got lost or if she died (she talks about being that bird at some point). I guess we‘ll never know. 2y
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stargazerblue49
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This has been my environment this week on nights (still have tonight and tomorrow). I have been reading this between admissions. This is the first time I‘ve really questioned things in a translated work - like, did they change this because it wouldn‘t make sense to Americans if they left it as close as possible? 🤔🧐 I am really liking it, hoping to finish before I switch back to days next week. #nightshift #iamthewatcheronthewall

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rmaclean4
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5 Star read!!! This book broke me in a beautiful way. The nuance of the portrayal of Mom and her unique relationships with her diffrent children was wonderful. A rare and beautiful find! Highly recommend this novel. I have also wanted to add more translated fiction to my reading. What a great start.

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rmaclean4
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Just started this today since we have a snow day here in Knoxville TN. I am already loving it. I have been wanting to read more work in translation.

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mom2bugnbee
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Crossed off my first square (Endorsed by Liberty Hardy) for my #LitsyReadingChallenge. I wasn't terribly satisfied with the ending, because it's a mystery & you're not quite sure exactly what happened, but I think that's by design & I can appreciate the author's choice. I also don't love reading in second person. But wanting to know what happened kept me reading, & it's a beautiful commentary on family. ⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
#LitsyReadingChallenge2018

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BooksForEmpathy
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I loved this haunting tale of a mother getting lost at a subway station in Seoul and the intimate look into her children and husband‘s minds while she is missing. Kyung-Sook Shin explores the hidden lives of our mothers (hidden in plain sight) and how often we forget that they are much, much more than we like to believe. We can forget they are human, like us, with needs and desires and a heart that beats with fury or regret or joy or pride.

MariettaSG Great review! 2y
silentrequiem Great review! I'm sold. 2y
Blaire Love your review! Stacked. 2y
minkyb Coincidentally, I heard about this on a podcast a couple of days ago and was interested. Your review sealed the deal! 2y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Sunday lunch and book 💕.

Hello Litsy!

Dolly French fry ...salad? 😆 2y
BooksForEmpathy @Dolly YES!! Isn‘t it just the best!? 2y
Jaimelire I have to make a french fry salad...you just opened up a whole new food idea for me! 😍 (edited) 2y
Beck9lol I was wondering if you got a secretsantagoespostal package yet? My sources said it was delivered, but just wanted to make sure. Thanks 🎄❄️🙂 2y
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BooksForEmpathy
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New book mail and some avocado toast from earlier today! And some ginger kombucha 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻! I‘m so ready for this read - Korean characters, a mystery, family dynamics... YAY!

TheWordJar Ugh, this book was so good!! I loved it! ❤️ 2y
saresmoore Mmm, delicious. 2y
ReadingSusan Yummy! 2y
diovival Ooooo I have this on the shelf. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts. 2y
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BookHermit
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Look what @KassKho sent me along with the next #restingbookface instalment. I am always interested in expanding my Korean literature in translation section and I look forward to diving into this novel soon. Thank you Kass! 😍

@lrh9 Thank you for picking a slim book and a light as air notebook! 👍😂❤️

#RBF members: I am in possession of two books. Are we still in parking mode @elkeo ?

elkeo_TheBookDragon Yes! I will update you all via email. 2y
KassKho Yay! Glad you got this one! Like I mentioned I willing to do a read along if you want :) 2y
BookHermit @KassKho I would love to do a read along! 2y
lrh9 Enjoy, @BookHermit !!! 2y
TheWordJar Nice! I loved Please Look After Mom! 2y
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llwheeler
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This is one of the best books I've read this year. To me, the cover is misleading. I expected a crime/mystery missing persons story. Instead it is more literary fiction, quiet, introspective, focused entirely on family relationships and the things we misunderstand, don't realize, understand too late. And guilt. So much guilt. Really good, but not an easy read.

llwheeler Also I should note, imo excellently translated. 2nd person POV is not too common in English fiction (maybe it is in Korean? I dunno) but it felt very natural. 2y
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llwheeler
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I think it's a lefty thing to fix on every rare mention of lefties in books/shows... looks like prejudice against left-handedness exists in Korea too. Honest question, is there any culture that didn't/doesn't have a prejudice against left-handedness? Why does that seem to be so deeply rooted?

Libby1 My young son is left handed. He hasn‘t faced any resistance where we live in Northern Ireland, but he did once when we visited the US. It‘s so incredibly odd to me. I love the fact that he‘s left handed! 2y
llwheeler @Libby1 Glad he hasn't faced anything where you live! I love being a lefty and I didn't face any overt discrimination, just the little "oh that's weird" moments/having to adjust to right-handed tools. But I knew from a very young age that my mom's uncle was beaten for being left-handed so I knew it hadn't always been "ok" (Canada) 2y
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llwheeler
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Saturday morning book and tea. The dust jacket of this book really doesn't do justice to how gorgeous the book is underneath, with deckled edges, tall thin pages, and that beautiful leaf on the front. And the book itself is great so far too.

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GreenKelly
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I thought this was a pretty neat paragraph in the story from the dynamic way it jumps back and forth to what she was doing in that moment. For me, it really accurately pictured the way I, or we, sometimes worry: wishing we could be there in the present moment, what we would of done if we were there to help someone versus where we were at that moment. I think Kyung-Sook Shin really captured that.

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MrBook
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Today, I'm going to focus on Author Spotlights, since I haven't been able to due to time constraints. Today's Author Spotlight 1: Shin Kyung-sook. The 54-year-old was born near Jeongeup, South Korea. Along with Kim In-suk and Gong Ji-young, she's one of the prominent female writers from the 386 Generation group. In 2012, she was the first South Korean and first woman to win the Man Asian Literary Prize. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

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Cindyelizavaz
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Bed time story. #asianlit #nowreading #asianauthors

Had to take a little break away from Atul Gawande! Was feeling a tad bit depressed.

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Christyco125
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This was an amazing story of sacrifice and a mother's love. The chapters are each family member's memories of mom and their regrets of not appreciating her before she was lost. The #audio was fabulous. #booksintranslation #2017christyread

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Christyco125
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Christyco125
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"If you only do what you like, who's going to do what you don't like?" -Mom
#quotable

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llwheeler
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Day 10 #readingwomenmonth - books in translation. This is next up for me, as soon as I finish a couple of the books I have on the go.

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iread2much
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This book made me tear up, and not just because my family is so good at the guilt thing. This book explores identity, gratitude, aging, guilt, and pain in prose that is both touching and intriguing. Spoiler - this book does not have a happy ending, but if you enjoyed the writing style in Beloved, give this book a try. Some knowledge of modern Korean history might also be helpful, but not needed to appreciate this story.

TricksyTails Totally relate on the family guilt thing. Adding to the TBR! 2y
iread2much @TricksyTails can‘t wait to see what you think of it! 2y
TricksyTails I hope my library has it! 2y
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Bianca
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This has been on my #TBR since I first heard about it on the @bookriot podcast Get Booked. I feel like there aren't many authors who can pull off second person, but Shin can.

ephemeralwaltz Looks interesting! 3y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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“You were caught off guard. You had never thought of Mother as separate from the kitchen. Mother was the kitchen and the kitchen was Mother. You never wondered, did Mother like being in the kitchen?”

#TBR #TranslatedBooks #SeptPhotoChallenge

Texreader Wow, what a quote. Thanks for sharing. 3y
Smrloomis I so loved this book even though it made me cry so much in public that I had to eventually only read it at home (to spare myself the embarrassment). It was really worth it in my opinion. 3y
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BookishShelly
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I haven't read this yet, but I bought it at a library sale and it fits the #setinasia #booksetinasia theme taking place in South Korea. The sheet in the background is one my mother in law brought from China when she visited us to meet her grandson, so it kind of fits the theme in a nonbookish way. #somethingforsept #septemberphotochallenge

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Snakes6atx
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The Olympics has seriously cut my reading time this week, but this is what I am currently reading. I am enjoying it so far, though it took a little bit to get used to the second person narration.

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Nancy1
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"So why did we think of Mom as a mom from the very beginning? She didn‘t have the opportunity to pursue her dreams, and all by herself, faced everything the era dealt her, poverty and sadness, and she couldn‘t do anything about her very bad lot in life other than suffer through it and get beyond it and live her life to the very best of her ability, giving her body and her heart to it completely. Why did I never give a thought to Mom‘s dreams?” ?

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RandomBookMuses
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"This is totally my type of read. I love the style. I loved the voice of the characters. I loved the story. Best of all I love all the implications." Reviewed by Urania https://goo.gl/4MtEk5

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rayna
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I was so excited to start this, but am not sure I can do a whole book written in second-person...

Tikabelle Hrmmmmm... Nope. 4y
rayna @Tikabelle Yup, I read five pages and decided I couldn't handle it. Especially as it seems to have multiple narrators that all use the second person... 4y
Tikabelle What? EXTRA NOPE. 4y
LiteraryinLititz I read the whole thing. You didn't miss anything. :/ 4y
rayna @LiteraryinLititz Oof, well there you have it. 4y
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