I first heard about Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin on NPR, and my initial thought was that it sounded rather depressing, so it might not be a great book to read. However, I decided to request a copy at the library, and I’m so glad I did.
Yes, the story is depressing. The mother in a scattered family in Korea goes missing, lost in a train station when traveling with her husband to the city to visit her children. She has had some health issues and not been very clear of mind, so the family has to do all they can to find her.
The book switches perspective between different members of the family, most of whom end up focusing on their guilt in what happened, as well as in remembering the missing woman from years past. It’s a really difficult read, especially as the story unfolds, but it was really well written and I cried when I finished the book.
It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I got so emotional over, especially after quitting on so many mediocre books. I’m very glad I read this book though, and I would highly recommend it!