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Some books change us. They change the way we look at ourselves, the way we interact with those closest to our hearts--the way we’ve loved those people, or the way we’ve missed them or honored them or taken them hopelessly for granted. This is one of those books. This is a book that alters the way we remember.
I’m an author, so this is where my own writerly fail-safes kick-in, warning of hype and hyperbole...but even in reflection...I’m not speaking falsely.
Please Look After Mom isn’t merely a story of familial loss and longing, of the many veils of shame and surrender beneath one roof. This tale is a door, and once you cross its threshold, you’ll never be able to go back to that comfortable place you came from. Your perceptions will be transformed. Permanently.
When Park So-nyo, an elderly mother from a rural town visiting her children on her birthday, vanishes over the event horizon of a crowded Seoul train station, four narratives unfold--four dimensions of loss, anger, blame, and sacrifice--four angles of persistence. (Perhaps it’s no mere coincidence that the number four in Korean is a homonym for “death.”)
But as the four pillars of one family are shaken by this mysterious disappearance, we are also enriched as we learn about the wealth of emotional currency that has been exchanged over one lifetime--tender payments, and the debts owed, from children to parent, from husband to wife, from an aged mother to...herself.
This book is four stories, four echoes, four promises, and four lamentations--that make a whole.
This is your gentle warning, dear reader.
And an invitation, to the kind of book I wish I could read again for the first time.--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
i so wanted to find Mom and felt sad that the children were not able to help her or the lack of attention from her husband until she was missing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the imagery and the special memories of my own mom. I highly recommend to sons and daughters.Published 6 days ago by Debra Culley
I didn't care for it at all as I had trouble following the story. I hate to give a negative review but I really felt I wasted my money when I bought this book. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Diane Cox
Please Look After Mom tugged on my heartstrings. I can personally relate to the cultural aspects that comes out in the book. Everyone has family problems. Read morePublished 21 days ago by HKIM
This book's main strengths are its insight into Korean culture, and some very powerful imagery, especially that related to the character of the mother. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica S. Bethoney
I found the book interesting but a little repetitive it sort of taught you to appreciate people and life before you don't have them anymorPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
You wanna understand Koreans better? You wanna also be MAJORLY bummed out? Well, this is the book for you. It's a good book and I've not only read it but bought it as a gift. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Irritable Brachiosaur Syndrome