This year’s summer reading program theme is Novel Destinations, the point being that books can really take you places. Well, this book transported me all the way to rural South Korea and enchanted me with the story of a humble mother who sacrificed everything in her life for the sake of her children, only to be left behind by all of them, both metaphorically and in the end, even physically.
Told in alternating, haunting chapters by one daughter, one son, the father, and lastly “Mom,” Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin cleverly and emotionally reveals an entire life of suffering, lonliness, pain, and isolation in a heartbreaking story that will stay with you, make you re-evaluate your own feelings about your family, and maybe, just maybe, make you hug them a little tighter.
PS: I read this on my iPhone after downloading from Overdrive! Cool!