What we kept to ourselves : a novel / Nancy Jooyoun Kim.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Story of Mina Lee (a Reese's Book Club pick) returns with a timely and surprising new novel about a family's search for answers following the disappearance of their mother. 1999: The Kim family is struggling to move on after their mother, Sunny, vanished a year ago. Sixty-one-year-old John Kim feels more isolated from his grown children, Anastasia and Ronald, than ever before. But one evening, their fragile lives are further upended when John finds the body of a stranger in their backyard. The man was carrying a letter to Sunny, which leaves the family with more questions than ever about their mother and her life outside home. 1977: Sunny is pregnant and has just moved to Los Angeles from Korea with her always-working and often-absent husband. America is not turning out the way she had dreamed it to be, and the loneliness and isolation are broken only by a fateful encounter at a bus stop. The unexpected connection spans the decades and echoes into the family's lives in the present as they uncover devastating secrets that put not only everything they thought they knew about their mother but their very lives at risk. Both a riveting page-turner and moving family story, What We Kept to Ourselves masterfully explores the consequences of secrets between parents and children, husbands and wives. It is the story of one unforgettable family's search for home when all seems lost and a powerful meditation on identity, migration, and what it means to dream in America. -- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9781668004821
- ISBN: 1668004828
- ISBN: 9781668004838
- ISBN: 1668004836
- Physical Description: 400 pages : 23 cm.
- Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2023.
- Copyright: ©2023.
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