The Last Story of Mina Lee (Hardcover)

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The Last Story of Mina Lee is a beautiful debut novel for Nancy Jooyoun Kim. It made me laugh, cry, and wish for one more conversation with my late mother.Terrific story full of imagery and a self conscious look at being an immigrant in America . Highly recommending.

— From Barbara recommends

Margot and her mother Mina Lee's relationship was far from perfect. Helping her friend move to LA, Margot visits her mother only to find her dead body. Although the police rule it an open-and-shut case, Margot suspects otherwise. Unraveling her mother's past with clues from her apartment Margot discovers things about her mother she never knew. This interwoven mother-daughter story is not only touching but eye-opening. 

— From Mel recommends

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Riveting and unconventional, The Last Story of Mina Lee traces the far-reaching consequences of secrets in the lives of a Korean immigrant mother and her daughter

Margot Lee's mother is ignoring her calls. Margot can't understand why, until she makes a surprise trip home to Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. Determined to discover the truth, Margot unravels her single mother's past as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother, Mina.

Thirty years earlier, Mina Lee steps off a plane to take a chance on a new life in America. Stacking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing she expects is to fall in love. But that moment leads to repercussions for Mina that echo through the decades, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

Told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, The Last Story of Mina Lee is a powerful and exquisitely woven debut novel that explores identity, family, secrets, and what it truly means to belong.

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"Painful, joyous... A story that cries out to be told." --Los Angeles Times

"Kim is a brilliant new voice in American fiction." --Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

"Suspenseful and deeply felt." --Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists
Product Details
ISBN: 9780778310174
ISBN-10: 0778310175
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 384
Language: English

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