When I got to know that this is the debut book of Angie, I was astonished. The vivid detailed picture she has painted of a Korean immigrant family in the States, their life per se, and the internal conflicts of always being an outsider, is mesmerizing.
To be honest, I picked up this book expecting a full-fledged courtroom drama. I was disappointed in the beginning, but that feeling changed to one of excitement later in the book when the court sessions began in full swing.
Being a Korean immigrant and a lawyer herself. the author has done justice to the book and its lead characters by putting down her experiences on paper in beautiful, descriptive instances. She touched upon the racism bit, but it was missing to an extent.
The book reflects the view-point of its major characters in various situations, analyzing each situation from the point of view of the persons involved. The result is that of a combined 360-degree picture one gets by combining various shots taken at different angles, each adding important information to the final result.
Then there are illustrations, which aid in providing a better understanding of the argument being presented in the courtroom. Even though the ARC did not have clear illustrations, the accompanying text was detailed enough for them to make sense, even in their distorted form.
One complain is regarding the grammatical mistakes that have seeped in even after a rigorous process of editing and proof-reading over-and-over again. No harm in repeating the same before publishing, isn't it? Also, I am confused with the title. Is it "Miracle Creek" or "Miracle Submarine"? The copy I received is titled the latter, while Goodreads and other online portals are referring to it as the former! While both fit the story, sticking to one would stop the confusion from spreading.
If reading a debut book is on your list, this one is a no-brainer.
Thanks to the author and the publisher for the ARC.