Concerning My Daughter by Kim Hye-jin




Told in a brutally honest voice that at times simmers with impotent rage, author Kim Hye-jin taps into both the complexities of mother-daughter dynamics and the systemic issues and obstacles that LGBTQ+ communities face in heteronormative societies.

When a mother allows her thirty-something daughter to move into her apartment, she wants for her what many mothers might say they want for their child: a steady income, and, even better, a good husband with a good job with whom to start a family. But when Green turns up with her girlfriend Lane in tow, her mother is unprepared and unwilling to welcome Lane into her home. In fact, she can barely bring herself to be civil. Having centred her life on her husband and child, her daughter's definition of family is not one she can accept. Her daughter's involvement in a case of unfair dismissal involving gay colleagues from the university where she works is similarly strange to her.

And yet when the care home where she works insists that she lower her standard of care for an elderly dementia patient who has no family, who travelled the world as a successful diplomat, who chose not to have children, Green's mother cannot accept it. Why should not having chosen a traditional life mean that your life is worth nothing at all?

Exquisitely written and intensely humane, Hye-Jin's meditation on ageing, generational attitudes, and the bond between mothers and daughters sings with insight and beautifully crafted prose.

Contributor Bio

Kim Hye-jin was born in Daegu, Korea, in 1983. She debuted in 2012 when her story "Chicken Run" won Dong-A Ilbo's Spring Literary Award. She won the Joongang Novel Prize for Joongang Station,and the Shin Dong-yup Prize for Literature for Concerning My Daughter.

Jamie Chang is a literary translator. She previously translated the novel Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo. Jamie lives in Korea with her wife and dog.

More Details

  • Pan Macmillan
  • Imprint : Picador
  • Spring 2023
  • On Sale: Jul 11/23
  • Paperback | 5.33 x 7.8
  • FICTION / Literary
  • 9781529057683