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Publisher Description

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her 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 humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids 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, and 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 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, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

Biographies & Memoirs
April 20
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

YogaGirlToo! ,

Poignant telling of mother daughter love

A honest telling of a very difficult experience that brought back many memories of loosing my own Mom. Michelle captures the subtle and nuanced relationship that is mother daughter beautifully and all the wonderful and challenging emotions tied between.

Lavender Becca ,

Captivating memoir

Very funny and deeply sad memoir about the bond between mother and daughter.

ktothepan ,

Life changing

I don’t typically care about things enough to write reviews - but I feel differently about this book. This was the most beautifully heartbreaking story I’ve ever read. It uncovered feelings and hurts within me that I didn’t know existed. Thank you Michelle for creating a language for my grief.