The Last Story of Mina Lee

The Last Story of Mina Lee

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Margot Lee's mother isn't returning her calls. It's a mystery to twenty-six-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown and finds her mother dead under suspicious circumstances. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the facts of Mina's life as a Korean War orphan and undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Park Row Book, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780778310174
9780778311171
Characteristics: 381 pages ;,23 cm.

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Readariot
Apr 15, 2021

I tried very hard to stick with this via listening on audiobook but simply could not do it past the first third of the book. Maybe something was lost by not reading it instead but this was the most poorly written book I’ve encountered in many years. I can’t for the life of me understand how it could be listed as recommended reading by Reese Witherspoon.

debwalker Sep 25, 2020

When your mother is murdered....

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brangwinn
Sep 06, 2020

If you like Amy Tan, you’ll enjoy this debut by Nancy Jooyoun Kim. When Margot goes back to visit her mother in Koreatown, Los Angeles, she finds her mother dead. Now she has not been the best daughter. She is American, through and through and her mother has seen life through the eyes of an immigrant. In this mystery, as Margot tries to figure out what happened to her mother, she also sees what life was like for her mother. She comes to the realization that her mother was an extraordinarily strong, resourceful woman. Yes, the story is a little uneven, but I’ll give Kim leeway in that. This is her debut novel, and she wrote a story in which I was easily immersed.

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