by Kyung-Sook Shin
transalated by Chi-Young Kim
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Genre: Family, Korea
Paperback: 272 pages
It's been one week since Mom went missing.
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When sixty-nine-year-old So-nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, her family begins a desperate search to find her. Yet as long-held secrets and private sorrows begin to reveal themselves, they are forced to wonder: how well did they actually know the woman they called Mom?
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.
How well do we (can we) ever know close loved ones? This story presents the question through the voices of different family members in regards to a mother.
Spoken in first person mode with each family member, the inner feelings and reflections give a complete picture of the mother.
Snapshots of living in the city and countryside of South Korea provide some insight into the place and culture.
* part of Korean Book Challenge