(“You were the one who always hung up first,” Chi-hon mournfully remembers of her own behavior. 1521 Tenth Avenue . For years, Chi-hon assumes this is just an additional chore. See our, Read a limited number of articles each month, You consent to the use of cookies and tracking by us and third parties to provide you with personalized ads, Unlimited access to washingtonpost.com on any device, Unlimited access to all Washington Post apps, No on-site advertising or third-party ad tracking. Every mom, that is.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch“Here is a wonderful, original new voice, by turns plangent and piquant. Chi-hon’s voice is the novel’s most distinct, but Father’s is the most devastating. Korean writer Kyung-sook Shin's heartbreaking novel reveals an unseen, under-appreciated, extraordinary, yet ordinary, woman. The daughter is stunned: “Mom got headaches? “The word ‘Mom’ is familiar,” Chi-hon observes, “and it hides a plea: Please look after me.” Passages of the novel may cause the grown children among Shin’s readers to cringe. Magazine blog“The most moving and accomplished, and often startling, novel in translation I’ve read in many seasons. She runs their rural home “like a factory.” She sews and knits and tills the fields, and raises puppies, piglets, ducklings and chickens. Please Look After Mom is her first book to appear in English. Who is the missing woman? 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. We noticed you’re blocking ads! . Well-controlled and emotionally taut. Shin’s storytelling and her gift for detail make Please Look After Mom a book worth reading.” —Post and Courier“Shin perceptively explores the greatest mystery—not Mom’s disappearance, but who Mom really was. Every sentence is saturated in detail. 'Please Look After Mom': A Guilt Trip To The Big City A blockbuster Korean novel has just been translated into English, in which a mother from the … . It will be published in twenty-nine countries and has sold over 2 million copies in South Korea alone. Mom is missing, separated from Father by the closing doors of a subway car in a busy train station in Seoul. . 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. Toll Free: 1-800-962-5311, Cafe Information We use cookies and other technologies to customize your experience, perform analytics and deliver personalized advertising on our sites, apps and newsletters and across the Internet based on your interests. . . “Please Look After Mom,” by the South Korean writer Kyung-sook Shin, opens with a family in disarray. or standing vacantly.” Could it be the same woman? The new European data protection law requires us to inform you of the following before you use our website: We use cookies and other technologies to customize your experience, perform analytics and deliver personalized advertising on our sites, apps and newsletters and across the Internet based on your interests. In this study, I www.oddfellowscafe.com, Not Available for Curbside Pickup; Ships in 2-10 Days, Paperback (Chinese) (May 1st, 2010): $16.88, Hardcover, Large Print (May 1st, 2011): $37.68. Knopf. I loved this book.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story “Haunting. A terrific novel that stayed with me long after I’d finished its final, haunting pages. A touching story that effectively weaves the rural, ages-old lifestyle of a mother into the modern urban lives of her children.” —Newark Star-Ledger “Here is a deeply felt journey into a culture foreign to many—yet with a theme that is universal in its appeal. . “Appearance: Short, salt-and-pepper permed hair, prominent cheekbones,” she writes, “last seen wearing a sky-blue shirt, a white jacket and a beige pleated skirt.” When Chi-hon thinks back on the Mom of her childhood, she sees a woman who “strode through the sea of people in a way that would intimidate even the authoritative buildings looking on from above.” The strangers who respond to her ads paint a different picture: “They saw an old woman walking very slowly, sometimes sitting .

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