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Miles From Nowhere Kindle Edition
About the Author
Nami Mun was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up there and in Bronx, New York. She has worked as an Avon Lady, an activities coordinator for a nursing home, a photojournalist, and a criminal investigator. After earning her GED, she graduated from UC Berkeley and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she has published in numerous journals including the 2007 Pushcart Prize anthology, Iowa Review, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Witness, and other journals. She currently lives in Chicago.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
** 'Nami Mun is easily one of the most important new talents in American fiction. The first time I read her work, I thought two things: one, that I knew these characters, people I'd always seen but had never heard from, stories I always knew were there bu, Alexander Chee, author of EDINBURGH
Scams, violence and sudden friendships of street life in New York City.... Nami Mun's debut is suspenseful, funny, painful and poetic, Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B002TZ3DGW
- Publisher : Virago; Digital original edition (15 January 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 448 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 587,170 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Joon's life on the streets is populated by people who appear for paragraphs or pages or the duration of a chapter, and then disappear again. This in itself isn't unrealistic (it would be hard for a teenage runaway to make friends or form associations), but it makes character development a challenge. One recurring exception--and, other than Joon herself, the most memorable presence in the book--is Knowledge (yep, that's her name), who has one hilariously warped sense of morality. "Knowledge had standards. She had principles. No one ever understood what they were exactly but at least she had them." In one of the funnier passages, she recounts how she aborted an attempt at robbing a bank for her boyfriend when she makes the mistake of reading the note he wrote for the teller. "What kind of idiot can't spell money? . . . And if he's that stupid, how stupid am I for robbing a bank for him?"
But what really sets this novel apart from the many recent works featuring a street-tough, post-punk adolescent is Joon's voice--she is one of the more distinctive narrators in recent fiction. Joon has the kind of sassiness that makes her endearing to the reader and anathema to her underhanded employers and shady "clients." In an interview, Mun describes how she imagined her hero, and her summary of Joon is completely on the mark: "both frightened and curious, intelligent and naïve, strong and vulnerable. And funny. She also displays stoicism--a quality I admire in her but one that ultimately signifies her repressed emotions."
It is rare that an author's debut is so honest and compelling. There's a net of complicated characters that are weaved together by a teen girl named Joon, whose life itself is ove...more Nami Mun's debut is nothing short of stunning. 280+ pages of raw human suffering, and somehow, the author has the ability to make the reader want more...not in any voyeuristic sense though. There's a certain participatory demand that is made of the reader if you choose to forge through Miles From Nowhere.
It is rare that an author's debut is so honest and compelling. There's a net of complicated characters that are weaved together by a teen girl named Joon, whose life itself is overcome with addiction, mental sickness and death. Despite many of the harsh things that happen to Joon, that weird element of the human spirit pokes its head into many of the stories contained within, not necessarily providing hope, but a sense of honesty that most of us rarely admit to..."He had no idea that grief was a reward. That it only came to those who were loyal, to those who loved more than they were capable of."
I'll say this...I think this is a must read, but Mun's book is no light Sunday fair. Written beautifully, but emotionally taxing, Miles From Nowhere will likely be one of the better books I've read this year.