This warm and funny tale of an earnest preppy editor finding
himself trapped behind the counter of a Brooklyn convenience store
is about family, culture and identity in an age of
It starts with a gift, when Ben Ryder Howe's wife, the daughter
of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents' self-sacrifice
by buying them a store. Howe, an editor at the rarefied "Paris
Review," agrees to go along. Things soon become a lot more
complicated. After the business struggles, Howe finds himself
living in the basement of his in-laws' Staten Island home,
commuting to the "Paris Review" offices in George Plimpton's Upper
East Side townhouse by day, and heading to Brooklyn at night to
slice cold cuts and peddle lottery tickets. "My Korean Deli"
follows the store's tumultuous life span, and along the way paints
the portrait of an extremely unlikely partnership between
characters with shoots across society, from the Brooklyn streets to
Seoul to Puritan New England. Owning the deli becomes a
transformative experience for everyone involved as they struggle to
salvage the original gift--and the family--while sorting out issues
of values, work, and identity.
Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
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Ben Ryder Howe
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