Miles From Nowhere

Miles From Nowhere

Book - 2009
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Joon is 13 when she decides she would be better off on her own now that her father has left for another woman and her mother is nearly catatonic with mental illness. Her adolescent years find her in escort clubs and homeless shelters, struggling with addiction, committing petty crimes, and eventually, moving towards something resembling hope.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781594488542
Branch Call Number: MUN
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 19 cm


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Felicia_Caro Jun 16, 2014

A catastrophic story of one young girl's struggle to survive on the city streets. Nami Mun involves the reader in such a way as to show what it would be like to be in a position such as the main character's - alone and basically orphaned. The novel is written as a series of vignettes - each one showing a different scene of homeless life (such as in a shelter or at a clinic) - and shows Joon, the main character, interacting with different acquaintances, each one an assessment of the value of her life. A good read insofar as it illuminates the tragedy of the world, and how little moments of hope can keep one determined to go on living.

Jul 26, 2011

An excellent book about a young streetperson in New York. If you've ever seen the documentary "Streetwise" (set in Seattle), this book is like one of their stories. It helps one develop more empathy.


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