The Evening Hero by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Title:  The Evening Hero
AuthorMarie Myung-Ok Lee
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Literary Fiction, Multicultural Interest 
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:   444
Date of Publication:  24 May, 2022
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts 

The title and description are what drew me in at first, the story did the rest.

The author’s voice is a gorgeous one and this novel (which, I read, took her 18 years to finish) is an amazing and seamless read that grabs you from the first page. In words steeped in realness, I lost myself in this one. 

Highly recommended. 

eARC kindly provided by Simon & Schuster and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


A sweeping, lyrical novel following a Korean immigrant pursuing the American dream who must confront the secrets of the past or risk watching the world he’s worked so hard to build come crumbling down.

Dr. Yungman Kwak is in the twilight of his life. Every day for the last fifty years, he has brushed his teeth, slipped on his shoes, and headed to Horse Breath’s General Hospital, where, as an obstetrician, he treats the women and babies of the small rural Minnesota town he chose to call home.

This was the life he longed for. The so-called American dream. He immigrated from Korea after the Korean War, forced to leave his family, ancestors, village, and all that he knew behind. But his life is built on a lie. And one day, a letter arrives that threatens to expose it.

Yungman’s life is thrown into chaos—the hospital abruptly closes, his wife refuses to spend time with him, and his son is busy investing in a struggling health start-up. Yungman faces a choice—he must choose to hide his secret from his family and friends or confess and potentially lose all he’s built. He begins to question the very assumptions on which his life is built—the so-called American dream, with the abject failure of its healthcare system, patient and neighbors who perpetuate racism, a town flawed with infrastructure, and a history that doesn’t see him in it.

Toggling between the past and the present, Korea and America, 
Evening Hero is a sweeping, moving, darkly comic novel about a man looking back at his life and asking big questions about what is lost and what is gained when immigrants leave home for new shores.


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