A Cab Called Reliable: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1998 - Fiction - 156 pages
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Ahn Joo Cho had emigrated with her family to Virginia when she was seven. Two years later, a cab called 'Reliable' takes away her mother and her infant brother forever. Grade by grade in school, Ahn Joo matures within an alien society, excelling at creative writing as her home life with her old-fashioned father deteriorates. Language heals her, saves her. As Ahn Joo enters womanhood, a heart-breaking secret finally sets her free to create her own heritage.

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User Review  - loafhunter13 - LibraryThing

-The Story of an immigrant Korean family in Northern Virginia trying to deal with changing environments, societies, languages, roles and dreams. A young girl, Ahn Joo Cho comes home from school one ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An affecting if uneven debut in which a Korean girl, newly immigrated to the US, struggles to transcend the chaos of a strange land and of a violent, overstressed family. Ever since Ahn Joo arrived in ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Patti Kim was born in Pusan, Korea, in 1970 and immigrated to the United States in 1974. She was the Diane Cleaver Fellow at Ledwig House, the New York writers' colony. A Cab Called Reliable is her first novel. It won the 1997 Towson University Prize for Literature and was a nominee for the Book-of-the-Month Club's Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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