On Sale: Dec 28, 2021

The Last Story of Mina Lee (Trade Paperback)

  • by Nancy Jooyoun Kim


An unforgettable novel that traces the far-reaching consequences of secrets in the lives of a Korean immigrant mother and her daughter

Margot Lee's mother is ignoring her calls. Margot can’t understand why until she makes a surprise trip home to Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. Determined to discover the truth, Margot unravels her single mother’s past, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother, Mina.

Thirty years earlier, Mina Lee steps off a plane to take a chance on a new life in America. While she's barely earning a living by stocking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing she expects is to fall in love. But that moment leads to repercussions for Mina that echo through the decades, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

“Kim is a brilliant new voice in American fiction.” —Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

"This riveting novel speaks to the complexities of the immigration experience while keeping the reader enthralled." —Jean Kwok, author of Searching for Sylvie Lee