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My brilliant life / Ae-ran Kim ; translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim.

Kim, Ae-ran, 1980- (author.). Kim, Chi-Young, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium. (Show)
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library KIM (Text) 33500013346028 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library KIM (Text) 33500013346036 New Checked out 05/01/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250750556
  • ISBN: 1250750555
  • Physical Description: 203 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Forge, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Summary, etc.:
"My Brilliant Life interweaves 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."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 November #1
    The youngest winner ever of multiple important literary prizes in her native Korea, Ae-ran Kim's first full-length novel arrives stateside, hauntingly English-enabled by lauded translator Chi-Young Kim (no relation). Areum suffers from progeria, a rare disease that causes rapid, premature aging: "My dad sees his future eighty-year-old face in mine." At 16, he's the age his parents were when they had him. Their life together has hardly been easy, although undoubtedly, love and devotion have never been in short supply. His immediate plan is to "write a story of my parents from the very beginning and give this to them for my seventeenth birthday." Knowing their time together is limited, "instead of awards or a college diploma, I would gift them a story." With a final hospital stay looming, Areum agrees to appear on a reality TV show that promises him much-needed funds and connects virtually with another ill teen with whom he shares hopeful dreams. In a narrative about fatal illness, compounding moments of insight and joy resonate deeply, with heartwarming results. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

AE-RAN KIM was born in Incheon, South Korea, the youngest of three daughters. She has won the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, Kim Yu-jeong Literary Award, Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award, and the Prix de l'Inaper├žu, among others, for her short fiction and collections. My Brilliant Life is her first novel.

CHI-YOUNG KIM (translator) is based in Los Angeles, California. She has translated more than a dozen books, including Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin (Man Asian Literary Prize-winner and New York Times bestseller), and works by You-jeong Jeong, Young-ha Kim, and J.M. Lee.

Subject: Families > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Manuscripts > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Korean fiction > Translations into English.

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