In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
With humour and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian-American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the east coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, performing gigs with her fledgling band - and meeting the man who would become her husband - her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.
Vivacious, lyrical and honest, Michelle Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.
For me, selling books comes from a love of reading, a love of sharing stories. Books and reading will always be at the centre of Olive’s book club, but it is so much more than that. I want to create a book loving community, to share queer love, to join together to absolutely hammer down on the disgusting racist, transphobic and ableist narrative the Tory government and the press are persistently peddling. Owning a book shop is something I’ve always dreamed of and I’m using this online shop as a platform for elevate this dream and hopefully open a bricks and mortar space in Newcastle Upon Tyne very soon!