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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize.

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. Yet as long-held secrets and private sorrows begin to reveal themselves, they are forced to wonder: how well did they actually know the woman they called Mother?

Told through the piercing voices and urgent perspectives of a daughter, son, husband and mother, Please Look After Mother is at once an authentic picture of contemporary life in Korea and a universal story of family love.

With an introduction by Banana Yoshimoto

A W&N Essential 

©2011 Kyung-Sook Shin (P)2022 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Kyung-Sook Shin's tale...has hit a nerve." (Guardian)

"A raw tribute to the mysteries of motherhood." (New York Times Book Review)

"The most moving and accomplished, and often startling, novel." (Wall Street Journal)

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  • 02-07-22

A story of the unsaid

Such a sad story of regrets and the pain of loss. The woman who became a wife, mother, and sister in law who was not fully seen or heard by those closest to her. It was really interesting to hear how strong and insightful she was and she endured so many trials.

A powerful story told from 4 perspectives. The author used a writing style that was new to me but once I got used to it I felt it fitted the story being shared. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
The narrators were able to bring out the voices of those they represented which was not easy and they also had to adopt different genders and ages at times.