Please Look After Mom Please Look After Mom — a sensation in South Korea, where it sold a million copies — is the story of a family splintered by… Please Look After Mom Please Look After Mom — a sensation in South Korea, where it sold a million copies — is the story of a family splintered by… 2011-04-05 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

Please Look After Mom (2011)

Please Look After Mom | FROM KOREA WITH LOVE Please Look After Mom , by Kyung-Sook Shin
FROM KOREA WITH LOVE Please Look After Mom, by Kyung-Sook Shin
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 05, 2011; Writer: Kyung-Sook Shin; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

Please Look After Mom — a sensation in South Korea, where it sold a million copies — is the story of a family splintered by the loss of matriarch So-nyo, an illiterate farm wife who vanishes in a packed Seoul subway station. The novel unspools from the viewpoints of her eldest daughter, her eldest son (and favorite child), her abusive husband, and, finally, So-nyo herself. The picture that emerges, of an unappreciated mother who sacrificed her life for her family, is a tediously familiar one. But despite the stock characters — and Shin's regrettable forays into pathos — the story somehow works, redeemed by the resolute So-nyo of the last chapters, a woman her husband and children never knew. B
Originally posted Mar 30, 2011 Published in issue #1149 Apr 08, 2011 Order article reprints