April 2020
Fiction / Thriller
Paperback, 384 pages
"A deeply moving story about parents and the lengths they will go for their children...Readers will be riveted by the book’s genre-bending structure and superb pace... a stunning debut about parents, children, and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost."
—Jung Yun, The Washington Post
by Angie Kim

In a small town in Virginia, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism explodes. Two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

A powerful showdown ensues as the causes is sought. Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

Miracle Creek uncovers the worst prejudice and best intentions, tense rivalries, and the challenges of parenting a child with special needs. It’s “a quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of community”( O Magazine ) as it carefully pieces together the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama and the complexities of life as an immigrant family.
Dear Fellow Book Lover,

Thank you so much for your interest in Miracle Creek . It’s a very personal book, not only because it’s my debut (published the week I turned 50!), but because much of my life—as a Korean immigrant, trial lawyer, and mother of kids with illnesses—is woven into the story.

One of my favorite things as a new author has been visiting book clubs. I’ve loved hearing readers’ fiery debates about the morality of lying to protect those we love, when everyone figured out the who-/how-/why-dunit mystery, and heartfelt discussions about the sacrifices and desperation for connection that come with parenting and immigrant life. I’ve even seen mock jury deliberations and verdicts!

I hope you enjoy reading and discussing Miracle Creek. Please visit AngieKimBooks.com to connect with me and request Skype visits. I’d love to hear from you!


Angie Kim
Angie Kim's Book Club Menu
for Miracle Creek
"The Yoos, the Korean immigrant family that owns the hyperbaric oxygen therapy business in Miracle Creek, would recommend some of their favorite Korean dishes, including galbi (marinated short ribs) and dwenjang jjigae (onion and tofu in a soybean paste soup), both served with sticky white rice and kimchi, staples of any Korean meal. Some great finger foods includ e ghim-bop ( Korean veggie rolls with rice, daikon radish and carrots, wrapped in sushi-type seaweed sheets) and yoo-boo-bop (sweet sticky rice tucked inside doll-sized pillowcases of fried tofu), two items that Young, the mom, packed for her daughter’s school lunch box back in Korea. (continued →)
For those without easy access to Korean food markets, a great menu would include gluten-free pizza, which one of the characters in the novel makes for her son who has autism and food allergies. For drinks, I’d recommend Virginia wine, as Miracle Creek is a fictional town in Virginia’s wine country. My favorites are Viognier, for white wine, and Cabernet Franc, for red wine, two varietals I think Virginia wineries do particularly well (and happen to be ones I love even if the wine is from elsewhere)! Cap all that off with chocolates, which one of the main characters has on picnic blankets by the creek during a pivotal scene!"
—Angie Kim