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Publisher Description

This warm and funny tale of an earnest preppy editor finding himself trapped behind the counter of a Brooklyn convenience store is about family, culture and identity in an age of discombobulation.

It starts with a gift, when Ben Ryder Howe's wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents' self-sacrifice by buying them a store. Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along. Things soon become a lot more complicated. After the business struggles, Howe finds himself living in the basement of his in-laws' Staten Island home, commuting to the Paris Review offices in George Plimpton's Upper East Side townhouse by day, and heading to Brooklyn at night to slice cold cuts and peddle lottery tickets. My Korean Deli follows the store's tumultuous life span, and along the way paints the portrait of an extremely unlikely partnership between characters with shoots across society, from the Brooklyn streets to Seoul to Puritan New England. Owning the deli becomes a transformative experience for everyone involved as they struggle to salvage the original gift—and the family—while sorting out issues of values, work, and identity.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 1
Henry Holt and Co.

Customer Reviews

Grateful ... ,

My Korean Deli

An interesting and fun read from beginning to end.

LAitaliankorea ,

Book to relate to

A really good book. I related to a lot of the story being an Italian American married into a Korean family. The references made me laugh but they are relatable in any cross-cultural relationship. (as my friends married to other Asian backgrounds share common stories).
But overall, I related to the growth of openness and change. It is never easy to challenge your background or beliefs, but in these type of families it happens.
It was a great read.

qball17 ,

Get you big boy pants

While the book had it's moments due to characters outside the immediate family, the book's voice rode me wrong. If you want to read a book where the main character does not take control of his life or create a decisive plan to lead his life, this is for you. The book leads you down a path where you are looking forward to some final resolution in character development and maturity only to see it delve back into indecision and the character playing the victim.