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Nami Mun

Born: 1968 in Seoul, South Korea
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Nami is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in Chicago, at Columbia College.

Biography: Previously, Nami has worked as an Avon Lady, a street vendor, a photojournalist, a waitress, an activities coordinator for a nursing home, and a criminal defense investigator. After earning a GED, she went on to get a BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MFA from University of Michigan.In 2011 she became a US Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing and Chicago.

  • -- Pushcart Prize, ''Miles from Nowhere''

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Nami Mun on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Miles from nowhere
ISBN: 9781440633461 OCLC: 493236273

Riverhead Books, New York : 2009.

Teenage Joon is a Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father's infidelity; he has left the family, and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at the age of thirteen, decides she would be better off on her own, a choice that commences a harrowing and often tragic journey that exposes the painful difficulties of a life lived on the margins. Joon's adolescent years take her from a homeless shelter to an escort club, through struggles with addiction, to jobs selling newspapers and cosmetics, committing petty crimes, and, finally, toward something resembling hope.

Miles from nowhere /
ISBN: 1594483981 OCLC: 213308991

Riverhead Books, New York : 2009.

Fleeing her 1980s Bronx family home in the wake of her unfaithful father's abandonment and her mother's mental illness, Korean teen Joon struggles through an adolescence marked by homeless shelters, addiction, and demeaning jobs.