Sunday, July 28, 2019

Angie Kim's "Miracle Creek"

Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. Her stories have won the Glamour Essay Contest and the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, Slate, The Southern Review, Sycamore Review, The Asian American Literary Review, and PANK. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.

Here Kim dreamcasts an adaptation of Miracle Creek, her first novel:
I wrote Miracle Creek between 2012 and 2015, and during that time, I was obsessed with the TV show, The Americans. So it’s probably not surprising that I pictured actors/actresses from that show playing the characters in my novel. Young Yoo, the Korean immigrant mother, for example, I pictured being played by Ruthie Ann Miles, the amazing Tony-award-winning actress who portrayed the Korean immigrant character Young-hee. Elizabeth, the mother on trial for murdering her 8-year old son, I pictured being played by Keri Russell (who played Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans), and I thought Matthew Rhys would make an amazing Matt Thompson, who plays the doctor being treated for infertility in the pressurized oxygen chamber. Finally, even though he wasn’t in The Americans, I pictured Daniel Dae Kim as Pak Yoo, the Korean immigrant father and the paralyzed owner/operator of the oxygen chamber at the center of Miracle Creek.
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--Marshal Zeringue