Crying in H Mart (Hardback)
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Crying in H Mart (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 05/08/2021
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The indie music star known as Japanese Breakfast delivers a complex, thought-provoking memoir of growing up mixed-race and how her mother's death brought her to a reckoning with her own heritage.

From the indie rockstar Japanese Breakfast, an unflinching, powerful, deeply moving memoir about growing up mixed-race, Korean food, losing her Korean mother, and forging her own identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humour and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian-American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the east coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, performing gigs with her fledgling band - and meeting the man who would become her husband - her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live.

It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Michelle Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529033779
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 366 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Michelle Zauner's Crying In H Mart is as good as everyone says it is and, yes, it will have you in tears. An essential read for anybody who has lost a loved one, as well as those who haven't.' - Marie Claire 

'I love Michelle Zauner's beautiful, moving and insightful book about love and loss, grief and identity and the role of food in all that. It is brilliant.' - Claudia Roden

'The book's descriptions of jjigae, tteokbokki, and other Korean delicacies stand out as tokens of the deep, all-encompassing love between Zauner and her mother, a love that is charted in vivid descriptions of her mother after death; in a time when people around the world are reckoning with untold loss due to COVID-19, Zauner's frankness around death feels like an unexpected yet deeply necessary gift.' - Vogue US 

'A beautiful, honest and stylish account of grief, food and heritage. The way Zauner writes about food and how it acts as a bridge between her and her mother, her culture, her sense of self, is brilliantly written.' - Nikesh Shukla, author of Brown Baby

'A gripping, sensuous portrait of an indelible mother-daughter bond that hits all the notes: love, friction, loyalty, grief. All mothers and daughters will recognize themselves - and each other - in these pages.' - Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

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“Such an evocative memoir with a superb style”

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange of a review. All opinions my own.

CW: cancer, terminal illness, death of parent

Although I am not a very non-fiction kind of person, I am trying to encourage myself to... More

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“An emotional knockout”

Absolutely delighted to receive a copy of @jbrekkie's debut book Crying in H Mart. Michelle Zauner's voice is striking and eloquent in this memoir. Discussing grief, identity, food, music and her Koreanness,... More

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“An emotional knockout”

Absolutely delighted to receive a copy of @jbrekkie's debut book Crying in H Mart. Michelle Zauner's voice is striking and eloquent in this memoir. Discussing grief, identity, food, music and her Koreanness,... More

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