After trying for the past few days to write a post on The Hichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I decided to write about something perhaps more... straightforward. Looking back over the books I've read in the past year, A Step from Heaven stuck out.
A Step from Heaven is the story of Young Ju - a girl who immigrates to America (Mi Gook in Korean) at age four along with her mother and father. The sparse, poetical chapters are bittersweet and poignant, sketching scenes of Young Ju's life as she grows up, struggling with her two cultures and increasing family troubles. When Young Ju and her brother find a baby bird, when she tries to explain government forms to her father, and the scenes of family tension are each memorable and beautifully written.
A remarkable debut novel by author An Na.