Miles From Nowhere

Miles From Nowhere

Book - 2008
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A major new voice in fiction debuts with the electrifying and heartbreaking 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 fatheras 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. Joonas 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. In raw and beautiful prose, Nami Mun delivers the story of a young woman who is at once tough and vulnerable, world-weary and naive, faced with insurmountable odds and yet fiercely determined to survive. In the process, Mun creates one of the most indelible characters in recent fiction and establishes herself as an extraordinarily talented new voice. Brutally honest, linguistically inventive, and profoundly moving, Miles from Nowhere is a work of fiction that will haunt and inspire a generation of readers.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781594488542
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 19 cm


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Felicia_Caro Jun 16, 2014

A catastrophic story of one young girl's struggle to survive on the city streets. Nami Mun involves the reader in such a way as to show what it would be like to be in a position such as the main character's - alone and basically orphaned. The novel is written as a series of vignettes - each one showing a different scene of homeless life (such as in a shelter or at a clinic) - and shows Joon, the main character, interacting with different acquaintances, each one an assessment of the value of her life. A good read insofar as it illuminates the tragedy of the world, and how little moments of hope can keep one determined to go on living.

Jul 26, 2011

An excellent book about a young streetperson in New York. If you've ever seen the documentary "Streetwise" (set in Seattle), this book is like one of their stories. It helps one develop more empathy.


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