The Last Story of Mina Lee By Nancy Jooyoun Kim

The Last Story of Mina Lee By Nancy Jooyoun Kim


Margot Lee’s mother is ignoring her calls. Margot cannot understand why, until she makes a surprise trip home to Koreatown, LA. What she finds there makes her realise how little she knows about her mother, Mina.

Thirty years earlier, Mina Lee steps off a plane to take a chance on a new life in America. Stacking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing she expects is to fall in love. But that moment will have shattering consequences for Mina, and everything she left behind in Seoul.

Through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, Margot and Mina’s story unravels the unspoken secrets that can drive two people apart – or perhaps bind them closer together.

My Thoughts:

The story is about Mina who is a South Korean woman who is living in America and her daughter Margot. The book is broken down into two points of view between mother and daughter. Mina in the past and Margot in the present, we follow their lives and we follow Margot trying to find out how her mother passed away. The book is well written and sensitively written, when writing about trauma, grief and loss. I found this a sad read, my heart broke for both women, I enjoyed reading about their life and also reading up on the tasty sounding Korean dishes that were eaten through out this book. It was a little slow going at the start but it did pick up and I enjoyed it.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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