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Miles from Nowhere

Miles From Nowhere

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Miles From Nowhere

by Mun, Nami
Beautifully bleak; rips your heart apart & bandages it up

It's easy to compare "Miles from Nowhere" to a book like Denis Johnson's "Jesus' Son". Both are told in fragmentary, seemingly disconnected vignettes. Both involve a troubled, seemingly broken main character, stumbling their way through a drug infested, scabbed-up underworld. Both highlight people who are screw ups, or are screwing up. And both grapple with the horrors of heroin. But for every similarity there is, "Miles from Nowhere" rests in a fictional world all its own. For one, "Miles from Nowhere" features a rich, believably messed up main character. For as memorable and as powerful as "Jesus' Son" is, the richness and depth of its main character are not the books strong suits. "Jesus' Son" does feature good characters, don't get me wrong- but "Miles from Nowhere" has the advantage of telling a coming of age story. We see our main character Joon as a very young woman, writhing from adolescence to adulthood. We see her truly grow, truly change, in a way that is transformative for both her and the reader. We see her make mistakes, seek redemption, and through the countless bad moves she makes, Joon and the narrative itself somehow absolves us, the readers, of our own sins. It is ultimately a book that tells you one thing: that you are never really broken, that you can never fall too far.

 
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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. Reprint.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Preston Village
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • ISBN-13: 9781594483981
  • ISBN: 1594483981
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Edition: Reprint
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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HPB condition ratings
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