A novel of explosive family secrets, regret, and all the little decisions that shape our lives and make us who we are.
At the age of thirty-nine, Alice Chang suddenly finds herself living in the last place she expected: her mother’s house. But in the face of divorce, eviction, and the recent death of her father, she doesn’t have a choice.
Watching as her mother thrives in a new job and meets younger men at the local gym, Alice struggles, reflecting on her parents’ marriage, her relationship with each of them, as she adjusts to being single again for the first time in twenty years. Then she finds her father’s old journal…and uncovers a shocking family secret that forces her to question everything she thought she knew about love, regret, family, and her own path forward.
As Alice comes to terms with the man her father really was, she must finally decide who she wants to be and what it will take to get there.
“Shot through with humor and empathy, this well-crafted novel weaves together the stories of various lives of quiet desperation…compelling intergenerational family drama set in a Korean American community in Southern California. Readers will root for Alice to emerge from a decades-long crisis of confidence and self-doubt to reach her full potential.” —Library Journal
Nancy Kim is the author of several nonfiction books and a novel, Chinhominey’s Secret. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Southern California. She received her BA and JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and an LLM from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a law professor and an expert on contracts, and she has lectured at universities around the world. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters.