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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…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…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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Miracle Creek by Angie  Kim
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This was absurdly FANTASTIC. An incredible debut novel that has everything: crime, murder, mystery, immigration, love, hate, EVERYTHING. I was so impressed with this its SOOOO well built and written, so well thought out...." Read more of this review »
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"On a hot August night, in a small town in Virginia, a group of patients receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, an experimental treatment that is supposed to help with a variety of ailments. And then there is an explosion, leaving multiple people injur..." Read more of this review »
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"This novel is a poignant, twisty turny literary drama. Like Celeste Ng, Jung Yun and David Guterson, Kim asks hard questions about the immigrant experience as an Asian American while weaving a thoroughly entertaining yarn. "
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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.”
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“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.”
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“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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