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Nuclear Family af Joseph Han
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Nuclear Family (udgave 2023)

af Joseph Han (Forfatter)

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"Mr. and Mrs. Cho run a successful chain of Hawai'ian plate lunch restaurants, and their adult children are finding their way in the world: 21-year-old Grace is graduating in a few months, and 25-year-old Jacob is teaching English in Seoul. They're set to take over the restaurants when Umma and Appa retire. But when Jacob is captured by the South Korean government for attempting to run across the DMZ, the Chos' peaceful lives are shattered. What could possess Jacob to do something so stupid? The Chos don't know that Jacob has been literally possessed by his wily grandfather's ghost, don't know that Jacob is hiding his bisexuality and confusion over his identity as a Korean-American; they don't know that Grace is constantly stoned and plotting her escape from the island and her family's expectations. The children don't know the burdens of their immigrant parents. Joseph Han draws from Korean myth to explore the generational trauma experienced by families shattered by partition, and the impacts of American imperialism on the Korean peninsula. Nuclear Family is a spectacular debut novel-at once devastating and hilarious-about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home"--… (mere)
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Titel:Nuclear Family
Forfattere:Joseph Han (Forfatter)
Info:Counterpoint LLC (2023), 320 pages
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The many perspectives started to make the story feel unfocused.
Everything to do with the ghosts and afterlife was unnerving in a way that I enjoyed and it tied in well with the family trauma and dysfunction the author addresses. But the structure of the book and the attempts to follow so many characters and do so much got in the way of really caring for the Chos individually. ( )
  solenophage | Feb 27, 2024 |
I don't know where to begin on just how amazing this book was and that you absolutely need to read this.

Nuclear Family is such a smart and well written that I was sucked in straight away and I got annoyed with myself everytime I had to put it down; I needed to know what happened next.

I liked how the book switched between characters, and I really loved that the POV in some chapters would switch to second person from third. I haven't come across too many books that do second person POV so it was really cool to see a scene unfold through the characters' eyes like that. I kind of wish it happened more often in the book, but I loved it nonetheless.

Overall this was a fantastic debut novel that had some great commentary. ( )
  hisghoulfriday | Dec 20, 2023 |
audio fiction (~7.5 hrs)

Korean-Americans operating a family restaurant chain in Honolulu are shocked to discover their son/brother (teaching abroad in South Korea) has inexplicably attempted to make a run over the DMZ towards North Korea. Told in shifting viewpoints (with skillful and absorbing narration by Keong Sim, with accurate-sounding Korean and native Hawai'ian accents) from the weed-addicted sister to other members of the family, including the spirit of the estranged grandfather who was compelling the young man to act in such a foolishly brazen way. ( )
  reader1009 | Mar 2, 2023 |
I enjoyed many elements of this, but other parts really didn't work for me. Positives: Hawaiian local color, Korean history, family dynamics. Negatives: [redacted], longs lists of names, magical realism and ghost elements. I did mostly enjoy the writing and characters, but some parts really just didn't resonate with me, or have much impact. ( )
  RandyRasa | Sep 1, 2022 |
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"Mr. and Mrs. Cho run a successful chain of Hawai'ian plate lunch restaurants, and their adult children are finding their way in the world: 21-year-old Grace is graduating in a few months, and 25-year-old Jacob is teaching English in Seoul. They're set to take over the restaurants when Umma and Appa retire. But when Jacob is captured by the South Korean government for attempting to run across the DMZ, the Chos' peaceful lives are shattered. What could possess Jacob to do something so stupid? The Chos don't know that Jacob has been literally possessed by his wily grandfather's ghost, don't know that Jacob is hiding his bisexuality and confusion over his identity as a Korean-American; they don't know that Grace is constantly stoned and plotting her escape from the island and her family's expectations. The children don't know the burdens of their immigrant parents. Joseph Han draws from Korean myth to explore the generational trauma experienced by families shattered by partition, and the impacts of American imperialism on the Korean peninsula. Nuclear Family is a spectacular debut novel-at once devastating and hilarious-about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home"--

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