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AUTHOR | Angie Kim


Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea to the suburbs of Baltimore. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, she studied philosophy at Stanford University and attended Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Her debut novel, Miracle Creek, won the Edgar Award, the ITW Thriller Award, and was named one of the 100 best mysteries and thrillers of all time by Time.

Happiness Falls, her second novel, was an instant New York Times bestseller and a book club pick for Good Morning America, Barnes & Noble, Belletrist, and Book of the Month Club.

Angie Kim has written for The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Glamour, and numerous literary journals. She lives in northern Virginia with her family.

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Happiness Falls by Angie Kim

This is an extraordinary novel about a biracial Korean- American family whose lives are upended when their beloved father and husband goes missing. What follows is both a ticking-clock investigation into the whereabouts of the father and an emotionally rich portrait of a family whose most personal secrets may be at the heart of his disappearance. Full of shocking twists and fascinating questions of love, language, communication, and family connection, Happiness Falls is a mystery, a family drama, and a novel of profound philosophical inquiry.

Mia, the introspective and irreverent 20-year-old twin daughter, is the narrator and tells the story from her perspective. Eugene, her 14-year-old younger brother who was the only witness to their father’s disappearance, has a rare genetic condition and cannot speak.

Angie Kim turns the missing person story into something wholly original, creating an indelible tale of a family who must go to remarkable lengths to truly understand one another.

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