Happy Monday Savvy Readers! It’s time to announce this week’s featured read and I am so excited to share this one with you! If you love multi-generational stories, fraught mother-daughter relationships, and Reese’s Book Club picks, keep reading because this week’s My Book Pledge featured read is The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim!
I don’t know about you, but I love reading about multi-generational families and the ties that bind. Throw in the unique and challenging aspect of being an immigrant in America, and I was totally hooked. Our story begins Margot. Twenty-six-years-old, Margot’s mother, Mina, isn’t returning her calls.
It’s a total mystery until Margot visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA to find that her mother has suspiciously died. The shocking discovery sends Margot digging through the past and unravelling the tenuous strings that held together her mother’s life as a Korean War orphan and undocumented immigrant.
Interwoven with Margot’s present-day search is Mina’s story of her first year in Los Angeles as she navigates the promises and perils of her new country. Although she can barely support herself by stocking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing Mina ever expects is to fall in love. But her love story sets in motion a string of events that have consequences for years to come, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.
An intimate story of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, this is a page-turning family saga about identity, secrets, and what it means to truly belong. I really loved this one, and I hope you will too! Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader whether you’ll be picking this one up, and don’t forget to add The Last Story of Mina Lee to your My Book Pledge shelf!