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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Please Look after Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Please Look After MomPlease Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Motherhood, a complex topic, is beautifully framed in this best-selling novel from South Korea. I agree with the publisher's review that after reading it, you will never view your own mother in the same way as before. 

When Park So-nyo fails to follow her husband onto the train, her oldest son, husband and daughters lives are changed forever.  As they search for her, they search their own memories of her and wonder if she was happy, if they were good in her eyes, and if they will ever find her.  As the voices telling the story shift from one to another, the reader learns so much about love, family,the Korean culture and the universality of "family."

A great story very well told....

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