Book Review – Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Untitled-1 When 69 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. “ Mom”, hard working and uncomplaining, has spent her life dedicated to her husband and children.  Due to her unstinting dedication, her children have achieved professional success and for the first time they understand the hardships she endured.  Her irresponsible and harshly critical husband finally acknowledges the depth of his love and the seriousness of her sacrifices for him.  But is it too late for them to talk with her?  Is she gone from this world forever?  This national bestseller not only gives an authentic picture of contemporary life in Korea but tells a universal story of family love.  You may find yourself wanting to call your own mother and feeling the need to look after her a little.

-Janet Birk, Gridley Branch

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