Please Look After Mom by Kyung Sook Sin

A very intriguing book.  First published in Korea in 2008, an international success, translated into English and released in the U.S. in 2011.

As the book opens, we realize that "mom" has been missing for a week.  She disappeared from a train station in Seoul while traveling with her husband to see their children.  He got on the train ahead of her and she was left behind.  Chapters describe how various family members feel as they search to find her, or don't.

The stories are told in the third person, and you are never quite sure who is speaking, except for the one chapter told in the first person near the end...which is a surprise.

Very thought provoking, and of course will make you think about your mother.

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04/27/12
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