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Miracle Creek

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A literary courtroom drama about a Korean immigrant family and a young, single mother accused of murdering her eight-year-old autistic son

My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . .

In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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    Aimee (Book It Forward)
    Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Miracle Creek is the story of struggle which as we know, comes in many forms. Immigration, integration, fertility challenges, inter-racial marriage, special needs parenting, loss, financial struggles, and marital issues. These issues are all explored and part of the big picture in Miracle Creek. My favorite aspect of this book is the courtroom drama which we see unfold one year after the tragedy at Miracle Submarine. The lawyers are fiery, and the secrets they reveal are explosive. The character ...more
    Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    So. Good. You must all get this book when it comes out. And then discuss it with me.

    I was riveted all the way through this tragic and tightly woven courtroom drama. I can't say I've ever seen a book that blends legal intrigue and character development so seamlessly. I am so hoping the author will be up for a Skype with my library's book group - MIRACLE CREEK is sure to be a favorite! I'm rooting for a LibraryReads pick!
    Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: best-of-2018
    This is probably one of the best courtroom dramas I've ever read. Having hardly any idea of what the book was about, I found myself totally engrossed after only a few chapters in.  

    Elizabeth, a mother of an autistic boy is on trial for setting a fire to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber 'Miracle Submarine', causing the death of two people, including her son, and seriously injuring 4 other patients. The miracle submarine clinic is run by a Korean family who moved to the States for a better life. When t
    MIRACLE CREEK left me totally gutted. Angie Kim is a beautiful writer, and has crafted a novel that is equal parts courtroom drama, taut mystery, and heartbreaking story about hope—hope for medical miracles, hope for a better future, hope for your children. This one will haunt me for a while.
    Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    My favorite book of the year, and I think the best courtroom drama I've ever read. I got this book 24 hours ago and stayed up most of the night to finish it. This is a powerful book. The murder trial draws you in and keeps you turning the pages, but the writing is absolutely marvelous. There are many insights about immigration and parenting, and although I don't have experience with either, it made me very sympathetic and helped me to understand that perspective. Wow. And the voices were very di ...more
    Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Review to follow close to the publication date.
    Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fantabulous
    Miracle Creek
    (previously 'Miracle Submarine')
    by Angie Kim
    due April 2019
    Farrar, Straus, Giroux
    Sarah Crichton Books

    On the 29th day of August 2008, in the small town of Miracle Creek, Va, the 'Miracle Submarine' oxygen tank caught fire, and the submarine exploded. Inside were 6 people. 2 died and 4 were left severely and permanently injured.

    The Miracle Submarine oxygen tank was an experimental and controversial treatment device run by Young and Pak Yoo. Patients enter a pressurized oxygen chamb
    Miracle Creek is a gripping, psychologically complex novel about the unintended consequences of a person's mistakes.

    I could not put this book down.

    Miracle Creek, Virginia is an idyllic D.C. suburb where a family of recent Korean immigrants have founded a small business in the family barn: Miracle Submarine, which offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to patients seeking relief from diverse ailments such as infertility and autism.

    "'This,' Pak said, looking proud, 'is Miracle Submarine. Pure o
    Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim, was a book that I didn't want to put down because the author made me care about these people who are nothing like me. It's the story of Korean immigrants, Young and Pak Yoo, who run the Miracle Submarine, a pressurized oxygen chamber that is used by young patients with a variety of health issues. It's also being used, unwillingly, by an adult doctor, Matt, whose Korean wife railroads him into being the first adult to go through the treatments, in an effort to cure hi ...more
    Sisc Johnson
    Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC of Miracle Submarine on Sunday and finished it on Monday. I could not put it down. This legal thriller kept me guessing (and second-guessing) with every page turn. She writes beautifully, and with great suspense. I could not get to the next chapter fast enough. The characters are relatable, and the storyline is fascinating. I am already looking forward to her next novel.
    Jay -hooked on books
    Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: reviews-written
    Young and Pak Yoo are a Korean-American couple based in rural Virginia. They run a medical treatment facility they dub 'Miracle Submarine'. Every day, several residents of the town take 'dives' in the submarine- ie they undergo sixty minute sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The facility is a dream come true, both for the Yoos and their clients.

    That is, until one unfortunate evening, when the chamber explodes, killing two people instantly, and leaving several others injured. Investigators so
    I have never cried reading a book as much as I cried reading this one. Not cute, single tear drop down my face cry, but full on ugly-snot-whining cry (at the 80%+ mark of reading I was an entire emotional wreck).

    This book starts out kind of slow, you slowly get introduced to the characters and their backgrounds. Can I drop in and say that Angie Kim does PERFECT characterization in this story. You don’t understand... I officially stan her and her writing for the rest of my life solely based on t
    Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A superior crime novel/courtroom drama.

    I was pleasantly surprised by this crime novel. The narrative is exceptional, the subject matter, Autism, well handled.

    From beginning to end the narrative held my attention. Nothing appears as it seems, the author handles the courtroom drama extraordinarily well in this respect.

    If you are looking for a crime novel which will have you sit on the edge of your seat, Miracle Submarine will not disappoint.

    Highly recommended

    Thank you to Farrar, STRAUS and Giroux
    I received the Kindle edition of this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. If you love courtroom drama with enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes guessing who and why, this is the book for you. A five star suspense novel. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
    Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    Short version: This book was AMAZING. Go read it. Now. Or ASAP. :)

    Long version: I did not know that novelized courtroom dramas is a genre. How did I not know this?! I am now in love with Angie Kim for opening up this world of fiction to me. Five stars everyone, "Miracle Creek" was an amazing ride of a novel.

    When I requested this novel as an ARC, it was more because I noticed that it was about two Korean immigrants, Young and Pak Yoo. My Korean mom immigrated to the United States when I was a bab
    Sherri Thacker
    Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
    This book is one of the better books when it comes to courtroom drama. Some books use language that loses me but this one was very well thought out and made total sense throughout. It had great characters that I was able to connect to and that always makes for a great story! This is my first book by Angie Kim but it will not be my last. I enjoyed it okay. I didn’t love it but I didn’t dislike it either. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me this book in exchange for my honest re ...more
    Nusrat Mahmood
    Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018, most-favorite
    It’s twisty page turner and hold the power of grabbing the readers to its last page. That’s all I can say about this book confidently. I think this is one of the best ARC copies I have got my hands on. Miracle Creek is actually a court room drama where a woman is accused of murdering her autistic son using a Korean couple’s business tool but there are so many persons involved with the incidents and so many questions arise with their involvement. The author very carefully unfolds the wrappings of ...more
    Katherine Riley
    Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Miracle Creek tells a story about lies, and how very little truth there is in this world. It’s also a story about parenting and childhood, loss and regret. At times it’s extremely painful to read. But it’s also utterly honest, and moreover highly knowledgeable about such a range of topics, including the law and autism, as well as the slippery intricacies of marriage, and the injurious effects of "friendly racism." I think it must have been a very difficult task to have recreated our world in the ...more
    Abby Johnson
    Coming in April! This courtroom drama with a diverse cast of characters really keeps you guessing. With every chapter I read, something new is revealed and it made me completely change my mind about who I thought did it and what their motives are. Look for this one in April to hand to fans of Big Little Lies.
    Julia Phillips
    Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    An exceptional book. It's thrillingly plot-driven, so suspenseful, expertly crafted to keep pulling you forward -- you won't be able to turn the pages fast enough. And at the same time it's so intelligent and compassionate about every character. No one in this story is simply good or bad. Everyone is a mix of both. The story makes compelling moral arguments about the random assignment of guilt, the injustice of the justice system, the desperate shame and love of parenthood, and the responsibilit ...more
    Jessica Sullivan
    “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.”

    I can’t believe this is a debut novel. It has all the
    Emily May
    Jan 10, 2019 marked it as arc-2019
    Shelves: arc

    ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🌿
    Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. Just a great book, hard to believe this a debut author. Every character is reliable, likeable or not. The reader just feels the pain, anxiety, tension, love of the person highlighted in the individual chapters. At the end of a chapter you think you have it figured out but Ms Kim pulls the rug out from under you every time. Highly recommended.

    Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
    Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    An engrossing novel that I found extremely hard to put down. While it can get complicated at times, stick with it for a gorgeous and heartbreaking ending, one that also wraps up any loose ends or questions you may have. This is a staggering work of art by a debut novelist.
    Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A fabulous debut. It took awhile to read as every word was important to me. The similes used and other descriptions of clues and events were powerful. The characters and humanity expressed were well written. More as little and ethics were I. This book too. It really had so much in it and the way it was written made it so I hated to put it down as I wanted the next page and event to come.
    What a great job on a first novel. I hope to see a new one from Angie Kim I. The future.
    Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I struggled a bit in the beginning to really get into Miracle Creek, i wasn't gripped by any of the characters a the start.
    However, as the story unfolded i was drawn in and unable to stop reading. So many lies, by so many people, for such different reasons.
    Each twist of the story line was unpredictable and i would never have guessed the outcome.
    well written and original plot.

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
    Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Mark my words - this WILL be literary fiction breakout hit of 2019. Miracle Creek is a stunning novel, beautifully written, poignant & captivating from page one. Kim’s debut touches on so many relevant topics - autism, infertility, immigration and others that I will not mention for spoiler purposes - however, at no point does it ever feel like too much has been crammed in or that anything doesn’t fit. I was gripped reading this book - a mother on trial for murdering her autistic son because ...more
    Christina McDonald
    Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A captivating, tightly-woven courtroom drama with a crime at its heart and characters I loved to follow! This is a fantastic debut from Kim, who uses a courtroom as the launching pad to tell the story of a devastating crime that left two people dead. The trial reveals deep secrets that suggest that wasn't just an accident.

    I found the story detailed and the plot intricately woven, the characters sympathetically created. I don't often read courtroom stories because they can be a little tedious, bu
    Britta Böhler
    Ingenious, well-crafted pageturner with a very original premise: an exploding oxygen tank in an oxygen-therapy facility. (Not somehing you encounter every day). And the multiple pov's keep you guessing about what really happened until the very end.
    Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    An excellent courtroom drama-family drama hybrid. More to come.
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    Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. Her stories have won the Glamour Essay Contest and the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, ...more
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