Please Look After Mother

Kyung-sook Shin


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Orion Publishing Co
13 January 2022
ISBN: 9781474621687
272 pages

From the publisher


‘An authentic, moving story that brings to vivid life the deep family connections that lie at the core of Korean culture’
Gary Shteyngart

‘Kyung-Sook Shin’s tale… has hit a nerve’

‘A raw tribute to the mysteries of motherhood’
New York Times

‘The most moving and accomplished, and often startling, novel’
Wall Street Journal

When sixty-nine-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