Miles from Nowhere

Miles from Nowhere

Format
Paperback
Price
$14.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781594483981
  • 304 Pages
  • Riverhead
  • Adult

Overview

A major voice in fiction debuts with the story of a teenage runaway on the streets of 1980s New York.

Teenage Joon is a Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father?s infidelity; he has left the family, and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at the age of thirteen, decides she would be better off on her own, a choice that commences a harrowing and often tragic journey that exposes the painful difficulties of a life lived on the margins. Joon?s adolescent years take her from a homeless shelter to an escort club, through struggles with addiction, to jobs selling newspapers and cosmetics, committing petty crimes, and finally toward something resembling hope.

Praise

“[A] searing debut…[Mun] writes with lovely precision, lending a hallucinatory beauty to the bleak world she has created.”
-People (four stars, “Pick of the Week”)

“Emotionally upending…Mun relays it all with a jarring honesty that makes the book…impossible to forget.”
-Boston Globe

“Gritty, riveting…Filled with soft and lovely descriptive touches…[Mun] zip[s] back and forth between despair and joy, between degradation and exhilaration.”
-Chicago Tribune

“Remarkable…As the best novelists do, Mun has taken the essence of her personal experience and reshaped it into something original.”
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Heartbreaking…We follow teenage runaway Joon as she navigates dark New York streets, and ultimately finds hope and the will to survive.”
-Glamour

“Brilliant and authentic…Those who delight in the raw power of words have a new author to add to our libraries.”
-Dallas Morning News

“Graceful, nearly transcendent…One of the most vivid and haunting novels I’ve read in years.”
-San Diego Union- Tribune

“Beautiful…Illuminates a side of American life one is not likely to see elsewhere.”
-The Believer

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