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Angie Kim

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Angie Kim is the author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek, named a "Best Book of the Year" by Time and Amazon, a Washington Post Bestseller and Summer Read pick, and a Top 10 Apple Books Debut of the Year. Kim is one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Storytellers to Watch,” and has written for Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, and Slate. She moved from Seoul, Korea, to Baltimore as a preteen, and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. A former trial lawyer, she now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons, and is at work on her next novel.

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Angie Kim Hi Heather! Thank you so much - I'm so glad that you're reading and loving Miracle Creek! On the autism question, I gravitated toward autism and cereb…moreHi Heather! Thank you so much - I'm so glad that you're reading and loving Miracle Creek! On the autism question, I gravitated toward autism and cerebral palsy in Miracle Creek because I did HBOT myself for my son who was suffering from ulcerative colitis. (I wrote about this in Vogue in the Feb issue - the link is in my website at Most of the patients in that particular chamber had autism or cerebral palsy, and I became close friends with a number of the moms. Also, I had a lot of overlap with that group because one of my kids was born deaf in one ear and had extensive speech therapy and auditory processing therapy as well. In addition, I had a revelation a few months ago as I was working on an essay. I think I'm drawn to autism, especially kids with autism who are nonverbal, because it reminds me of when I first moved from Korea to Baltimore at age 11 and I couldn't understand or say anything, the frustration of feeling (and being treated as) inferior and unintelligent because of that inability to communicate. My situation, of course, was temporary, and I knew that I'd learn English eventually (and did), but given the intensity of my frustration and insecurity, it makes me feel so much empathy for those who are and will probably always be nonverbal, like those with autism.

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Angie Kim Thank you so much! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it (at least I *think* you enjoyed it? I always joke that "What a book!" is a great thing to say to so…moreThank you so much! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it (at least I *think* you enjoyed it? I always joke that "What a book!" is a great thing to say to someone if you didn't really like their book but want them to think you did, haha). To answer your question, yes, I have started working on a new novel. It's a literary mystery about a little boy who is nonverbal (with autism) who goes on a walk with his father, and only the boy returns home. It's about his family's attempt to solve the mystery of what happened with the missing father. I just started, so it will be a few years before it's done and released. In the meantime, I have essays and stories (some related to Miracle Creek) on the "Other Writing" tab on my website ( Thank you again for reading and for reaching out!(less)
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The story is recorded even when she is unsure of how it goes and now someone else follows after her, reading. Looking for the ending.”
The “she” Simon is talking about here is me of course. I got lost in these pages in the deep over and over again, but I kept writing and rewriting and following the story down, looping tunnels and dead ends and back again until I found the right path. And the someone else following after me is you, the reader, of course. Hello, hello, hello. Thank you for following all the way down. You can also follow Erin Morgenstern using the button on the top of this page to be one of the first to get future exclusive news from her on Goodreads.
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“We are the stars,” he answers, as though it is the most obvious of facts afloat in a sea of metaphors and misdirections. “We are all stardust and stories.”
I have always liked the “we are all made of stars” concept and my friend Liberty Hardy would often sign off Twitter for the day with things like “good night, star bits” so I had it kicking around the back of my head as something to potentially work in somewhere, but I wanted to make it my own since the sentiment is a classic one. Once I settled on “we are all stardust and stories” I didn’t know where it would go or who would say it, or if maybe it would be carved on a wall or found scrawled in the margin of a significant book. But then it was a perfect answer to a question and Simon was the ...more
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“Spiritual but not religious,” Zachary clarifies. He doesn’t say what he is thinking, which is that his church is held-breath story listening and late-night-concert ear-ringing rapture and perfect-boss fight-button pressing. That his religion is buried in the silence of freshly fallen snow, in a carefully crafted cocktail, in between the pages of a book somewhere after the beginning but before the ending.
I get very particular about the rhythm of the words and the sentences and how everything flows and here I really wanted this to sound like a poem, like a mantra, like a spell. This is a book filled with forgotten gods and this is where we start to remember them, to blur the veil between the regular world and the otherworld, and part of the way we do that is to realize where those worlds have always overlapped. This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written and copyedits made me realize how bad I am at hyphenating.
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A reading major, that’s what he wants. No response papers, no exams, no analysis, just the reading.
Ah, the dream. When I was much younger, I went through a phase where the analysis part sucked all the joy out of reading for me. I didn’t read nearly enough for personal enjoyment when I was in college (I was a theatre major), but I clearly and fondly remember the handful of books I read that weren’t for class and didn’t come with expectations. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman was one of those and remains a favorite. It’s also likely why I write in vignettes.
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"I picked this book because it was a courtroom drama, not knowing that it was about special needs families trying to find solutions to the incurable. As a mom to a severely disabled child, I found this story to be so incredibly relatable. The author a" Read more of this review »
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"By giving this novel 5 stars should tell you exactly what I thought about this. Excellent!! Heart-wrenching!!
It's a murder mystery with courtroom drama. I normally don't like to read about lawyers and courtrooms but Angie Kim made it possible for m" Read more of this review »
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OK. This courtroom drama had me ON EDGE. It brought me to tears. It made me upset. I got annoyed. I was yelling at fictional characters. And Angie Kim, what a gem of a writer you are!!! There was not one part i" Read more of this review »
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“In a way, he supposed, it was inevitable for immigrants to become child versions of themselves, stripped of their verbal fluency and, with it, a layer of their competence and maturity.”
Angie Kim, Miracle Creek

“But that was the way life worked. Every human being was the result of a million different factors mixing together -- one of a million sperm arriving at the egg at exactly a certain time; even a millisecond off, and another entirely different person would result. Good things and bad--every friendship and romance formed, every accident, every illness--resulted from the conspiracy of hundreds of little things, in and of themselves inconsequential.”
Angie Kim, Miracle Creek

“to Americans, verbiage was an inherent good, akin to kindness or courage. They loved words—the more, the longer, and more quickly said, the smarter and more impressive.”
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