Please Look After Mom
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Please Look After Mom

Translated from the original Korean by Chi-Young Kim
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Kyung-Sook
Shin

Kyung-Sook Shin is the author of numerous works of fiction and is one of South Korea’s most widely read and acclaimed novelists. She was the first woman to be awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize (for Please Look After Mom), and she has also been honored with the Manhae Literature Prize, the Dong-in Literature Prize, and the Yi Sang Literary Prize, as well as France’s Pirx de l’Inaperçu. Please Look After Mom is her first book to appear in English. It will be published in twenty-nine countries and has sold over 2 million copies in South Korea alone.

Kyung-Sook Shin is the author of numerous works of fiction and is one of South Korea’s most widely read and acclaimed novelists. She was the first woman to be awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize (for Please Look After Mom), and she has also been honored with the Manhae Literature Prize, the Dong-in Literature Prize, and the Yi Sang Literary Prize, as well as France’s Pirx de l’Inaperçu. Please Look After Mom is her first book to appear in English. It will be published in twenty-nine countries and has sold over 2 million copies in South Korea alone.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Chi-Young
Kim

Chi-young Kim is a Korean-to-English literary translator who lives in the United States.

Originally having trained as a lawyer and translating as a hobby helping her mom, Kim became a professional literary translator after graduation, whe she starting working for a publishing company in New York. Her work includes the English translations of the award-winning novels Please Look After Mom by Shin Kyung-sook and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Hwang Seon-mi.

Other internationally acclaimed translated works are Your Republic is Calling You by Kim Young-ha or The Investigation by Lee Jung-myung.

Chi-young Kim is a Korean-to-English literary translator who lives in the United States.

Originally having trained as a lawyer and translating as a hobby helping her mom, Kim became a professional literary translator after graduation, whe she starting working for a publishing company in New York. Her work includes the English translations of the award-winning novels Please Look After Mom by Shin Kyung-sook and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Hwang Seon-mi.

Other internationally acclaimed translated works are Your Republic is Calling You by Kim Young-ha or The Investigation by Lee Jung-myung.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Please Look After Mom is a story of familial loss and ongoing, of many covers of shame and submission beneath one’s roof. This book can change how one views life. It contains four stories, four voices, four commitments and four heartbreaks into one dynamic whole. A book about a selfish, dysfunctional family who fails to appreciate a wife and mother and now too late she’s gone. The book deals with the guilt of neglect and abandonment the family feels in the aftermath of her disappearance.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
03/04/2012
Country
South Korea
Original Language
Korean
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Translator
Chi-Young Kim
Translation
Translated from the original Korean by Chi-Young Kim

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