Please Look After Mom

By Kyung-Sook Shin
(Yuan Shen/Tsai Fong Books, Paperback, 9789861333649, 247pp.)

Publication Date: April 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2011 Indie Next List
“When an elderly woman is separated from her husband at bustling Seoul railway station and is never seen again, it raises real questions for her distraught family. Did they really ever know her? Was her disappearance really all that sudden? Korean writer Kyung-sook Shin's heartbreaking novel reveals an unseen, under-appreciated, extraordinary, yet ordinary, woman. This book will make readers think about the hidden, mysterious lives lived by their own mothers and the many ways in which people can disappear a little at a time.”
-- Karen Maeda Allman, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Traditional Chinese edition of Please Look After Mom. Shin Gyeong Suk (Shin Kyung-sook), author of bestselling novel "Lijin" creates a heartbroken and elegant story with a stereotypical mother who invisibly stands behind her children as her sons and daughters, who depend on her so much, push her away. "Please Look After Mom" begins with a family searching for their missing mother at a subway station in Seoul. They were visiting from a small country village... This novel is translated into English and published on 4/5/2011 by Knopf and is featured on the NYT Books on 3/30/2011. It debuted on Amazon at #15 on 4/5/2011. In Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

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  1. While second-person (“you”) narration is an uncommon mode, it is used throughout the novel’s first section (the tale of the daughter, Chi-hon) and third section (the tale of the husband).  What is the effect of this choice? How does it reflect these characters’ feelings about Mom? Why do you think Mom is the only character who tells her story in the first person? 

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