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My Brilliant Life

(2021)
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A BEST OF THE MONTH SELECTION BY OPRAH MAGAZINE

“An eminent South Korean talent makes her American début in this poignant watercolor of a novel . . . Kim is a writer on the move.” —O, The Oprah Magazine


Ae-ran Kim's My Brilliant Life explores family bonds and out-of-the-ordinary friendships, interweaving the past and present of a tight-knit family, finding joy and happiness in even the most difficult times.

Areum lives life to its fullest, vicariously through the stories of his parents, conversations with Little Grandpa Jang—his sixty-year-old neighbor and best friend—and through the books he reads to visit the places he would otherwise never see.

For several months, Areum has been working on a manuscript, piecing together his parents’ often embellished stories about his family and childhood. He hopes to present it on his birthday, as a final gift to his mom and dad; their own falling-in-love story.

Through it all, Areum and his family will have you laughing and crying, for all the right reasons.

“This novel snuck up on me and captured my heart.” Margarita Montimore, USA Today bestselling author of Oona Out of Order

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Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"This is one of those novels where the characters seem to have immortal souls. They're so real to me I feel like adding them to my Christmas card list. When you read this book, give them my regards. Let them know I still think about them." - Jamie Ford

"Poetic . . . the humor, wisdom, and grace of this family carry us through a touching story of the hardest of times." - Laurie Frankel

"A moving, earnest, and deeply-felt exploration of a unique family in all its joys and disappointments . . . an utter delight." - Claire Lombardo

"This novel snuck up on me and captured my heart." - Margarita Montimore

"Stylish and engaging, this eloquent book encompasses with compassion and discernment the ordinary miracles of birth and death and everything in between." - Kathleen Rooney

"To read Ae-ran Kim is to fall in love with her." - Kyung-Sook Shin


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January 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Brilliant Life
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Title: My Brilliant Life
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