by Nami Mun - £7.99 Virago Press Ltd (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781844085446 | ISBN 10: 1844085449
Joon is a young Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s,
Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father's infidelity and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at the age of thirteen, decides she's better off on her own and sets out on a harrowing and sometimes tragic journey, exposing herself to all the pain and difficulty of a life lived on the margins.
Joon's years on the streets take her from a homeless shelter to an escort club, through struggles with addiciton, to jobs selling newspapers and cosmetics, committing petty crimes, and, finally, towards something resembling hope.
Honest, inventive and profoundly moving, Miles from Nowhere is a dazzling debut novel that will haunt and inspire.
"Miles from Nowhere is a starkly beautifu book, shot through with grace and lit by an off-hand street poetry. Nami Mun takes a cast of junkies and runaways and brings them fiercely and frankly to life. It's a measure of the artistry of the work that even in their grimmest, darkest moments, rather than being repelled by these characters, we want to stay beside them, as if to care for them, or at least to bear witness to their lives."
(Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl)
"Suspenseful, funny, painful and poetic."
(Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander)
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