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Mika in Real Life

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'Definitely 'best books of 2022' material!'GLAMOUR
'By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a total joy of a read' Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You
'With the offbeat humour and poignancy of Maria Semple and Kirsty Capes, this has the potential to be a big hit'Bookseller, Editor's Choice


She's been fired (again). Her last relationship went up in flames. Her mother is perpetually disappointed in her.

And now, she's had a phone call from sixteen-year-old Penny Calvin: the baby she reluctantly placed for adoption when she was just a teenager herself.

Penny has questions - and Mika is desperate to meet her girl. But she barely feels like she can take care of herself . . .

Is she ready to show Penny who Mika Suzuki really is?

'A sheer delight' Rochelle Weinstein
'Had me laughing, crying and cheering' Lauren Kate
'Hilarious, tender and very real . . . for every human trying to figure it out' Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A wonderful, life-affirming story about second chances, parenthood and love. By turns tender, funny, and deeply romantic, I was rooting for Mika, Penny and Thomas." - Lauren Ho

"Tender and profound, Emiko Jean's writing had me laughing, crying, and cheering for Mika in Real Life." - Lauren Kate

"Bighearted, sometimes bawdy, and always brave, Mika in Real Life explores the inescapable bonds between mothers and daughters, the enduring families by friendship that we make, and the weight of secrets that keep us from creating ourselves. This hilarious, tender, and very real novel is for every human trying to figure it out--basically, all of us." - Nancy Jooyoun Kim

"Mika In Real Life is a poignant and compelling exploration of identity, love, and what it means to be a mother. Mika and Penny swept me along on their emotional and unforgettable journey... By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a total joy of a read." - Holly Miller

"Mika's story is a beautiful exploration of the bond between mother and child... As Mika rescues herself from a downward spiral of heartbreak and loss, she weaves for us a primer on healing our broken relationships. A must read for anyone who's ever had a mother or been one." - Annabel Monaghan

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