Miles From Nowhere

Miles From Nowhere

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Baker & Taylor
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.

Blackwell North Amer
Teenage Joon is a Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father's infidelity; he has left the family, and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at the age of thirteen, decides she would be better off on her own, a choice that commences a harrowing and often tragic journey that exposes the painful difficulties of a life lived on the margins. Joon's adolescent years take her from a homeless shelter to an escort club, through struggles with addiction, to jobs selling newspapers and cosmetics, committing petty crimes, and finally toward something resembling hope.

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& Taylor

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. A first novel. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781594488542
1594488541
Branch Call Number: FIC Mun, N 2009
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 19 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.0 9.0 135965

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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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