MILES FROM NOWHERE
Miles from Nowhere
by Nami Mun
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Befitting the confessions of its opiate-eating narrator, Nami Mun’s first novel has a junkie’s jumbled sense of chronology. Unfolding in the New York City of the 1970s and ’80s, Miles from Nowhere contains a surfeit of period references (eight-track tapes and Riunite on ice), but the narrative moves back and forth in time so fluidly that it seems to take place, as the title suggests, in a province all its own.
The narrator is Joon, the daughter of bickering Korean immigrants, who runs away at thirteen, after her father has abandoned her and her mother. Although Joon can’t decide which parent’s behavior precipitated the split—Dad is a serial philanderer, Mom is mentally unstable—she is accustomed to blaming the latter’s bizarre outbursts. And so in recounting her tale of addiction, Joon must confront her
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