The paperback edition of Nami Mun‘s Orange Prize-nominated debut novel-in-stories, Miles from Nowhere, will publish Tuesday, September 1, 2009. And Chicago magazine just named Nami Best New Novelist in their “Best of Chicago” feature.
Here’s my own reviewlet of the hardcover:
Miles from Nowhere began as a collection of linked stories (two of which I had the pleasure to read in workshop at Michigan). As a novel, the chapter-stories work together beautifully; Miles remains episodic, but breaks between chapters feel hauntingly like lost years…perfect for this particular story. Set in New York City in the 1980s, the book follows a Korean girl named Joon, a teenage runaway who struggles–from homeless shelters to the street, from prostitution and addiction to Avon sales–to find her way back to a sense of home and self. Nami Mun’s flawless prose complements her book’s tone: stark and clean, it gives way to bursts of well-earned, saved-up beauty.
For a more in-depth (and beautifully worded) take on the book, read FWR contributor Greg’s review, via Goodreads.
Book Tour 2.0: Nami is about to hit the road with a series of readings to promote the paperback; catch her act at a bookstore near you:
New York – Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
Chicago – Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Bay Area – Thursday, September 10, 2009
Books Inc. in ALAMEDA
1344 Park Street
Alameda, California 94501
Milwaukee – Thursday, September 17, 2009
Boswell Book Company
2559 N Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(For a complete list of venues and dates, visit Nami’s website.)