Ratings : 755

Review : 157


Published : Oct. 2, 2018

By : Catapult

Language : eng

Paperback : 240 Pages

Published : Oct. 2, 2018

By : Catapult

Language : eng

Paperback : 240 Pages

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

755 Ratings - 157 Review

What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.




ABOUT Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung has written for The New York Times, the Times Magazine, GQ, Shondaland, Longreads, Vulture, and Hazlitt, among other publications. She is the editor in chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast. All You Can Ever Know is her first book. Find her on Twitter at @nicole_soojung.

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