H Mart, the popular Korean grocery store chain, is more than the setting for Crying in H Mart’s illustrative first chapter (and a 2018 essay of the same name) — it’s the catalyst for the entire arc of Michelle Zauner’s new memoir. “Essentially, the whole book is figuring out why I cry in this grocery chain,” Zauner says. In digging for those answers, Zauner, the talent behind indie pop act Japanese Breakfast, wrote a moving memoir about her Korean-born mother, Chongmi, their at-times contentious relationship, and her terminal cancer diagnosis and death in 2014.
Crying in H Mart is a book about family and grief, but as its title
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