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A Planned Occasion - Angie Kim (28)

  • Publisher: ‎ Amazon Original Stories (April 27, 2023)
  • Kindle: ‎ 7416 KB
  • Print: ‎ 27 pages


A surprising gift brings closure for an elderly widow in a poignant story about grief, memory, and the persistence of love by the acclaimed, award-winning author of Miracle Creek.

Korean immigrant Mina Pak Johnson is clearing out the last of her husband’s things when she finds a picnic basket in his closet—a long-forgotten wedding present from her mother. With it comes decades of memories—of her mother’s wishes for her to be happy and her own shattered hopes for her first child—and regret at never having used it. Pushing her husband’s ashes and a bottle of wine in a rusty old stroller, Mina is determined to re-create the picnic they never had. But with it comes something Mina never expected, illuminating a loving gesture her husband made years ago.

Angie Kim’s A Planned Occasion is part of Good Intentions, a riveting collection of stories about the instincts, fears, and fierce love inherent in motherhood from award-winning, bestselling authors. Read or listen to each in a single sitting.

Angie Kim is a Korean immigrant and the author of the international bestselling and Edgar Award–winning novel Miracle Creek, named a Best Book of the Year by Time and the Washington Post, among others. Her second novel, Happiness Falls, is forthcoming from Hogarth/Random House in September 2023.

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This story actually made me cry.
I can't lie, it was sad. I couldn't imagine the pain the protagonist went through. 
I feel like that is some great writing, when the author can touch me with their words. To the point where I had tears. It all felt so real, like I was spying on someone's life.... Intruding, even.
I definitely need to read more from this author. And although the story was somber, it is my favorite of the series.


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  1. This do sound like a book that needs a little bit of crying. Sounds interesting. Always gooe to find new authors from outside English speaking countries. I will try it.


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