Miles From Nowhere

Miles From Nowhere

Book - 2008/12/26
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Fleeing her 1980s Bronx family home in the wake of her unfaithful father's abandonment and her mother's mental illness, Korean teen Joon struggles through an adolescence marked by homeless shelters, addiction, and demeaning jobs.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008/12/26
ISBN: 9781594488542
1594488541
Branch Call Number: FICTION MUN
Characteristics: 286 p

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Felicia_Caro Jun 16, 2014

A catastrophic story of one young girl's struggle to survive on the city streets. Nami Mun involves the reader in such a way as to show what it would be like to be in a position such as the main character's - alone and basically orphaned. The novel is written as a series of vignettes - each one showing a different scene of homeless life (such as in a shelter or at a clinic) - and shows Joon, the main character, interacting with different acquaintances, each one an assessment of the value of her life. A good read insofar as it illuminates the tragedy of the world, and how little moments of hope can keep one determined to go on living.

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floy
Jul 26, 2011

An excellent book about a young streetperson in New York. If you've ever seen the documentary "Streetwise" (set in Seattle), this book is like one of their stories. It helps one develop more empathy.

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