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— by Gary Singh: Bay Area author Nancy Jooyoun Kim’s debut novel, The Last Story of Mina Lee, serves up a deliciously dark bouillabaisse of thematic ingredients: the sadness of the war refugee experience, the complexities of the immigrant mother-daughter relationship, the frustrations of amateur sleuthing, plus intergenerational trauma, abandonment wounds, loss, grief, displacement, and drop-dead gorgeous paeans to the gritty underbelly of Los Angeles…

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