Teaser Tuesday: A Korean Novel

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Miz B from Should Be Reading. Here are the rules:

  • Grab your current read/s.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I deleted the ‘two sentences’ bit since I tend to include more than two sentences, truth be told).
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My reading has gained a steady pace recently which I’m happy about. It’s been a while since I was able to drop one book and pick up another. Right now, I’m reading a book by Kying-Sook Shin. It’s a bestseller, having sold millions. It’s been reviewed and featured in The New York Times. The book is called Please Look After Mother. My copy is courtesy of Pansing Books.

So here’s an excerpt:

One cold winter day, you and your mother were at the well, cleaning the skate that would be used  for the ancestral rites at New Year’s, when she said, ‘You’d have to work hard in school so that you can move into a better world.’ Did you understand her words then? When mother scolded you freely, you more frequently called her Mother. The word ‘Mother’  is familiar and hides a plea: Please look after me. Please stop yelling at me and stroke my head; please be on my side, whether I’m right or wrong.  You never stopped calling her mother. Even now, when Mother’s missing. When you call out ‘Mother’ you want to believe that she’s healthy. That Mother is strong. That Mother isn’t fazed by anything. That Mother is the person you want to call whenever you despair about something in this city.

And yes, the second person point of view is disturbing. It does make the reading feel personal. I’ll be reviewing this book this month. Stay tuned. 🙂

12 comments on “Teaser Tuesday: A Korean Novel

  1. Nice cover and great teaser! I don’t think I have read a book that uses the second person point of view narration. Going to check this one out.

    Here’s mine:


    • It’s also a first for me and the whole use of “YOU” is both disturbing as well as engaging. It forces you to truly imagine yourself in that place. Thanks for dropping by.


  2. Great teaser! sounds like a beautiful story, and it has a beautiful cover to 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s my TT:


    • So far, its interesting. Its a novel that is focused on the mother and how the main character is finally getting a better understanding of who her mother is. 🙂


  3. I absolutely LOVE your teaser! This is definitely being added to my shelf right away – thank you for sharing! 🙂

    Here’s mine:


    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. I realize the second person slows my reading speed as you are forced to take the time to imagine things. I’ll be reviewing it some time this month, you can check that out and see if you’d really like to add it to your shelf.


  4. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a book written in second person. That would be a good enough reason for me to read this one — just to see what that would be like.
    Here’s my teaser: Sandy’s Teaser


    • It is an interesting experience. At one point I know I’m not the actual voice in the book but at other times I meld with the voice. 🙂


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