The Last Story of Mina Lee

The Last Story of Mina Lee

A profoundly moving and unconventional mother-daughter saga, The Last Story of Mina Lee illustrates the devastating realities of being an immigrant in America.

Margot Lee's mother, Mina, isn't returning her calls. It's a mystery to twenty-six-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the tenuous invisible strings that held together her single mother's life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.

Interwoven with Margot's present-day search is Mina's story of her first year in Los Angeles as she navigates the promises and perils of the American myth of reinvention. While she's barely earning a living by stocking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing Mina ever expects is to fall in love. But that love story sets in motion a series of events that have consequences for years to come, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

Told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, The Last Story of Mina Lee is a powerful and exquisitely woven debut novel that explores identity, family, secrets, and what it truly means to belong.

Title:The Last Story of Mina Lee
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780778310174
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    The Last Story of Mina Lee Reviews

  • Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    3.5 starsThe Last Story of Mina Lee is a lighter read that explores the complicated relationship between a single immigrant mother, Mina and her American born daughter Margot. The story is told in pre...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    3 stars for this quiet and insightful story.Margot’s mom, Mina, was a quiet single mother who worked hard to provide for her daughter. Margot doesn’t know much about her mother’s life before she...

  • jenny?

    09/01/2020: HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO THIS GEM! It's been a full month since I flipped the last page, and I'm still all up in my feels about this story. She understood that both life and death co...

  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p. 282I'm actually really upset about this book review because I was expecting to like it and spent all of what I read of it being total...

  • Berit???

    An authentic and raw look at the life of an immigrant. A compelling debut packed with culture and secrets. Margot is first generation Korean American, She grew up in LA’s Koreatown. Margot was alway...

  • Nursebookie

    This novel made me call my mom and give her a virtual hug. As a daughter of an immigrant, and someone who grew up in Koreatown, Los Angeles in the late ‘80’s, I resonated with this book - the urba...

  • Barbara

    “The Last Story of Mina Lee” is another daughter/mother immigrant story in which the daughter woefully misunderstood her mother. The story is character-driven with Margo, Mina’s daughter, and Mi...

  • Larry H

    3.5 stars."Sometimes, agreeing to the same lie is what makes a family family, Margot."How well do we truly know those we love?Margot has never quite “gotten” her mother, Mina. Growing up she was a...

  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    This book is a gem. It takes you on an emotional journey between a mother and daughter that struggled with their relationship. They didn't understand each other. They were angry with each other. They ...

  • Jennifer Blankfein

    Journey of a Korean American girl searching for her identity. Struggles, love and challenges of a mother and daughter set the scene for this immigrant family. Not perfect but still enjoyable...Full re...