Fiction at Literati: A.H. Kim

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 6:30pm

Literati is pleased to welcome back local author A.H. Kim in celebration of the release of her new book, Relative Strangers. She'll be joined in conversation by Camille Pagán. 

***NOTE: This event will take place on the main floor of Literati***

About the Book: From the acclaimed author of A Good Family comes a timely spin on Sense and Sensibility, a twenty-first-century family drama featuring two half-Korean sisters, their ex-hippie mother, multiple messy love affairs and one explosive secret that could ruin everything.

Amelia Bae-Wood's life is falling apart. Unemployed, newly single and completely broke--for reasons she hasn't told anyone yet--she finds herself hitchhiking across California to deal with the fallout of her mother's eviction from the family estate. Amelia needs somewhere to live and time to figure out what to do with the rest of her life, so moving with her mother and sister to Arcadia, the cancer retreat center where her sister volunteers, seems like as good an idea as any.

Amelia's sister, Eleanor, has too much on her plate, including being caught up in a court battle with a man who claims to be their half brother from Seoul and their late father's only son--a secret love child from his Korean youth--who's fighting for a piece of everything that belongs to the Bae-Wood women. And when Amelia adds herself to Eleanor's list of problems, Eleanor must figure out what to hold on to--and when to let go--before things starts to unravel.

A witty, wry and enormously entertaining retelling, the sisters' journey of self-discovery as they reshape their lives gives this classic tale a modern, feminist twist, as it touches on themes of blended families, race, class and wealth.

A.H. Kim (Ann) was born in South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. Ann was educated at Harvard College and Berkeley Law. Prior to becoming a novelist, Ann practiced corporate law for many years and served as chief of staff to the CEO and as head of investor relations at a Fortune 200 company. Ann is the proud mother of two sons, a longtime cancer survivor, and community volunteer. After many years living in the Bay Area, Ann and her husband now call Ann Arbor home.

Camille Pagán is the Washington Post bestselling author of ten books, including Good for You and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, and dozens of other publications. She is also a master certified coach, the founder of Even Better Co., and the host of the You Should Write a Book podcast.



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Relative Strangers By A. H. Kim Cover Image
ISBN: 9781525819551
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graydon House - April 2nd, 2024

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A Good Family By A. H. Kim Cover Image
ISBN: 9781525804588
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graydon House - July 14th, 2020