Miracle Creek: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Apr 16, 2019 - Fiction - 368 pages

WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL

The “gripping... page-turner” (Time) hitting all the best of summer reading lists, Miracle Creek is perfect for book clubs and fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng


How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

“A stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost" (Washington Post), Miracle Creek uncovers the worst prejudice and best intentions, tense rivalries and the challenges of parenting a child with special needs. It’s “a quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of community” (O Magazine) as it carefully pieces together the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama and the complexities of life as an immigrant family. Drawing on the author’s own experiences as a Korean-American, former trial lawyer, and mother of a “miracle submarine” patient, this is a novel steeped in suspense and igniting discussion. Recommended by Erin Morgenstern, Jean Kwok, Jennifer Weiner, Scott Turow, Laura Lippman, and more-- Miracle Creek is a brave, moving debut from an unforgettable new voice.

 

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User Review  - bell7 - LibraryThing

Young and her husband Pak and daughter Mary move to the U.S. to give their daughter a better life, but when a tragic accident occurs at their medical facility and the mother of a patient is accused of ... Read full review

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Miracle Creek, Angie Kim, author; Jennifer Lim, narrator Pak Yoo decided that his family should move to America. Although Young does not wish to move, Pak is the man of the family, and he makes the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
13
Section 3
20
Section 4
32
Section 5
40
Section 6
48
Section 7
54
Section 8
64
Section 20
194
Section 21
206
Section 22
214
Section 23
227
Section 24
230
Section 25
236
Section 26
248
Section 27
258

Section 9
72
Section 10
83
Section 11
96
Section 12
107
Section 13
121
Section 14
134
Section 15
150
Section 16
153
Section 17
161
Section 18
171
Section 19
185
Section 28
268
Section 29
272
Section 30
285
Section 31
296
Section 32
305
Section 33
316
Section 34
323
Section 35
330
Section 36
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About the author (2019)

Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. Her stories have won the Glamour Essay Contest and the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Southern Review, Sycamore Review, The Asian American Literary Review, and PANK. Kim lives in northern Virginia with her husband and three sons. Miracle Creek is her debut novel.

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