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Nuclear Family
Nuclear Family: A Novel | Joseph Han
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Set in the months leading up to the 2018 nuclear missile false alarm, a Korean American family living in Hawai'i faces the fallout of their eldest son's attempt to run across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in this "fresh, inventive, and at times, hilarious novel" (Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants). Things are looking up for Mr. and Mrs. Cho. Their dream of franchising their Korean plate lunch restaurants across Hawai?i seems within reach after a visit from Guy Fieri boosts the profile of Cho's Delicatessen. Their daughter, Grace, is busy finishing her senior year of college and working for her parents, while her older brother, Jacob, just moved to Seoul to teach English. But when a viral video shows Jacob trying--and failing--to cross the Korean demilitarized zone, nothing can protect the family from suspicion and the restaurant from waning sales. No one knows that Jacob has been possessed by the ghost of his lost grandfather, who feverishly wishes to cross the divide and find the family he left behind in the north. As Jacob is detained by the South Korean government, Mr. and Mrs. Cho fear their son won't ever be able to return home, and Grace gets more and more stoned as she negotiates her family's undoing. Struggling with what they don't know about themselves and one another, the Chos must confront the separations that have endured in their family for decades. Set in the months leading up to the 2018 false missile alert in Hawai?i, Joseph Han's profoundly funny and strikingly beautiful debut novel is an offering that aches with histories inherited and reunions missed, asking how we heal in the face of what we forget and who we remember.
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

The Chos have been successful enough with their Korean restaurant in Honolulu that they‘ve been able to open two additional locations. However, when their son explodes onto the world scene trying to cross into North Korea, things take a turn. Parts of this are great, and the themes of family, immigration, borders and more are compelling, but I was a little disappointed with the execution. The cover, however, will be one of my favorites of the year

DivineDiana It is a beautiful cover! ❤️ 6mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Pickpick

A Korean American family with a restaurant chain in Hawaii are rocked when their eldest son tries to cross the DMZ into North Korea. What they don't know, is that he's being possessed by the ghost of his grandfather who's determined to return to his family in the north. It's ultimately a story about family, but I also really loved the touches of magic / the supernatural.

AllDebooks Oh my, this sounds good x 7mo
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Tae-woo stood on the ledge behind the Dora Observatory's row of binoculars. No one paid him any mind since he was long dead.

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