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Mournful Thoughts

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Winner of the 2020 Drue Heinz Literature Prize

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Exploring what it means to be human through the Korean diaspora, Caroline Kim’s stories feature many voices. From a teenage girl in 1980’s America, to a boy growing up in the middle of the Korean War, to an immigrant father struggling to be closer to his adult daughter, or to a suburban housewife whose

equilibrium depends upon a therapy robot, each character must face their less-than-ideal circumstances and find a way to overcome them without losing themselves. Language often acts as a barrier as characters try, fail, and momentarily succeed in connecting with each other.

With humor, insight, and curiosity, Kim’s wide-ranging stories explore themes of culture, communication, travel, and family. Ultimately, what unites these characters across time and distance is their longing for human connection and a search for the place—or people—that will feel like home.

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Caroline Kim

About the author

Caroline Kim was born in South Korea. She has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan where she won a Hopwood Award and an MA in Fiction from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a James A. Michener Fellow.

She was nominated by Jellyfish Review for the 2019 Best of the Net. She is currently a graduate student in counseling at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. Kim lives with her husband and three children.