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Book Talk: A.H. Kim’s Relative Strangers

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join A.H. Kim to discuss her beautiful new novel RELATIVE STRANGERS in conversation with Julia Claiborne Johnson.


Amelia Bae-Wood’s life is falling apart. Unemployed, newly single and completely broke–for reasons she hasn’t told anyone yet–she finds herself hitchhiking across California to deal with the fallout of her mother’s eviction from the family estate. Amelia needs somewhere to live and time to figure out what to do with the rest of her life, so moving with her mother and sister to Arcadia, the cancer retreat center where her sister volunteers, seems like as good an idea as any.

Amelia’s sister, Eleanor, has too much on her plate, including being caught up in a court battle with a man who claims to be their half brother from Seoul and their late father’s only son–a secret love child from his Korean youth–who’s fighting for a piece of everything that belongs to the Bae-Wood women. And when Amelia adds herself to Eleanor’s list of problems, Eleanor must figure out what to hold on to–and when to let go–before things starts to unravel.

A witty, wry and enormously entertaining retelling, the sisters’ journey of self-discovery as they reshape their lives gives this classic tale a modern, feminist twist, as it touches on themes of blended families, race, class and wealth.


A.H. Kim (Ann) was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. Ann was educated at Harvard College and Berkeley Law School, where she was an editor of the California Law Review. Ann practiced corporate law for many years and served as chief of staff to the CEO and as head of investor relations at a Fortune 200 company. Ann is the proud mother of two sons, a longtime cancer survivor, and community volunteer. After raising her family in the Bay Area, Ann and her husband now call Ann Arbor home. Ann’s debut novel, A Good Family, was inspired by her personal experience supporting her brother and nieces while her sister-in-law served time in Alderson Women’s Prison Camp. Ann’s second novel, Relative Strangers, is a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility and explores themes of love, loss, grief, and forgiveness. Connect with Ann online at


Julia Claiborne Johnson is the author of the bestselling Be Frank with Me, a finalist for the American booksellers Best Debut Novel award. Her second book, Better Luck Next Time, was Barnes and Noble’s national book club pick. She grew up on a farm in Tennessee before moving to New York City, where she worked at Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines. She now lives in Hancock Park with her comedy-writer husband.

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