Crying in H Mart is a poignant, honest, and raw account of a young Korean-American woman (named Michelle Zauner) and how she coped with the death of her mother. Zauner describes the trials and tribulations of her grief journey as she seamlessly and thoughtfully ties together themes of helplessness, anger, shame, regret, and hope. One of the main interpersonal themes that arise for Zauner in the face of grief is the difficulty in managing her relationship with her father. This book is for anyone who is interested in learning about grief or is going through grief themselves.
Grief is not a pretty process and life can be full of sad endings. Crying in H Mart demonstrates the complexities of how family dynamics can radically shift and how cultural barriers can prevent familial reconciliation. Yet, this unfiltered autobiography points the reader to consider the difficult decisions that need to be made in the face of grief, including ones to prioritize one's own mental health as well as important surrounding relationships. Although not a christian book per se, Crying in H Mart poses a question to the reader: how will you deal with inevitable grief in your life and will you invite God along every step of the way?
Written by: Jonathan Jin