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Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun
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May 07, 2010

it was amazing
Read in September, 2009

MILES FROM NOWHERE was one of my choices for best books of 2009. Heartbreaking, tough, funny, enlightening, this short, amazingly compact novel (which has won a bunch of prizes) tells the story of a Korean-American teenager who runs away from her drunken, boorish, absent father and her unstable mother and makes her way on the streets of New York. By "makes her way," I mean she sells both drugs and herself, gets strung out, gets exploited by everyone in sight, and in almost every instance gives as good as she gets.

Nami Mun is an unforgettable writer with an unforgettable story. I've given away five copies of this book, something I only do once or twice each year.

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