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"A moving, earnest, and deeply-felt exploration of a unique family in all its joys and utter delight." (Claire Lombardo, New York Times best-selling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had)

Ae-ran Kim's My Brilliant Life explores family bonds and out-of-the-ordinary friendships, interweaving the past and present of a tight-knit family, finding joy and happiness in even the most difficult times.

Areum lives life to its fullest, vicariously through the stories of his parents, conversations with Little Grandpa Jang- his 60-year-old neighbor and best friend - and through the books he reads to visit the places he would otherwise never see.

For several months, Areum has been working on a manuscript, piecing together his parents’ often embellished stories about his family and childhood. He hopes to present it on his birthday, as a final gift to his mom and dad; their own falling-in-love story.

Through it all, Areum and his family will have you laughing and crying, for all the right reasons.
A Macmillan Audio production from Forge Books

"This novel snuck up on me and captured my heart." (Margarita Montimore, USA Today best-selling author of Oona Out of Order)

"Kim's beautifully written novel is exquisitely brought to life by Raymond J. Lee's performance." (AudioFile magazine)

©2021 Ae-ran Kim (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"Reading Ae-ran Kim is to fall in love with her." (Kyung sook Shin, New York Times best-selling and Man Asian Prize-winning author of Please Look After Mom)

“Poetic...the humor, wisdom, and grace of this family carry us through a touching story of the hardest of times.” (Laurie Frankel, New York Times best-selling author of This Is How It Always Is)  

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