October 1, 2021
Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Korean-American, Grief, Mothers/Daughters, Family Life
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Michelle Zauner shares about her Korean-American family, her childhood and young adult years, bonding over food, her relationship with her mother, and the grief of losing her mother to cancer.
I imagine you’ve seen Crying in H Mart on lots of lists lately! I fall hard for thoughtful memoirs, diverse stories, and family drama. There’s a great deal of buzz around Crying in H Mart, so I succumbed to the FOMO.
Although this is a story of loss and grief, I love the honest reflections, the descriptions of food shared, the memories triggered while grocery shopping, and various cultural aspects of the story. If I can’t relate to Michelle’s love for certain Korean food and traditions, I find it easy to connect her food story with my own cultural and family experiences.
This is a more extensive memoir than I had expected from the title. Thoughtful and poignant themes include family dynamics, mother/daughter relationships, loss, grief, cultural expectations, finding your voice, returning home as a young adult to care for a terminal parent, understanding, and reconciliation.
I knew this would be sad going in, but the angst of the mother/daughter relationship and grief made this a difficult read for me. Overall, I appreciate the insight into growing up Korean-American, all the cultural aspects, and Michelle’s transparency and lack of judgement while telling her story.
Recommended for fans of memoirs (especially from a culturally diverse perspective), for Korean-American readers, and for those who appreciate a thoughtful and reflective story of family dynamics and grief.
Content Considerations: grief, loss of a mother. cancer, general tone of sadness
My Rating: 3 Stars
Meet the Author, Michelle Zauner
Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017). Her forthcoming album Jubilee will be released in June 2021. Her first book is Crying in H Mart, out now.
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