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Award Winning Novelist
Journalist, Editor & Author
Travels from: Great Falls, Virginia

“[A] mesmerizing debut…[Angie Kim] shows an enormous amount of empathy for her characters, infusing them with such intense humanity that I sat weeping for them in an airplane middle seat, between two strangers, for several minutes after I finished the book. With clear, assured prose and penetrating emotional intelligence, she takes us deep into their inner lives . . . The plotting is deliberate and detailed and marvelously done.” ― Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times

Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, she studied philosophy at Stanford University and attended Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Her debut novel, Miracle Creek, won the Edgar Award, the ITW Thriller Award, the Strand Critics’ Award, and the Pinckley Prize and was named one of the best books of the year by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus, and the Today show. One of Variety Magazine’s inaugural “10 Storytellers to Watch,” Angie has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour, and numerous literary journals. She lives in northern Virginia with her family. Happiness Falls, her second novel, is a Barnes and Noble pick and was released September 2023.

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Happiness Falls

Hogarth |
Literary Fiction

When a father goes missing, his family’s desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another in this thrilling page-turner, a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from the award-winning author of Miracle Creek.

Longlisted for the New American Voices Award • “This is a story with so many twists and turns I was riveted through the last page.”—Jodi Picoult

“A brilliant, satisfying, compassionate mystery that is as much about language and storytelling as it is about a missing father. I loved this book.”—Gabrielle Zevin, author of 
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

“I fell in love with the fascinating, brilliant family at the center of this riveting book.”—Ann Napolitano, author of Hello Beautiful

“We didn’t call the police right away.” Those are the electric first words of this extraordinary novel about a biracial Korean American family in Virginia whose lives are upended when their beloved father and husband goes missing.

Mia, the irreverent, hyperanalytical twenty-year-old daughter, has an explanation for everything—which is why she isn’t initially concerned when her father and younger brother Eugene don’t return from a walk in a nearby park. They must have lost their phone. Or stopped for an errand somewhere. But by the time Mia’s brother runs through the front door bloody and alone, it becomes clear that the father in this tight-knit family is missing and the only witness is Eugene, who has the rare genetic condition Angelman syndrome and cannot speak.

What follows is both a ticking-clock investigation into the whereabouts of a father and an emotionally rich portrait of a family whose most personal secrets just may be at the heart of his disappearance. Full of shocking twists and fascinating questions of love, language, and human connection, Happiness Falls is a mystery, a family drama, and a novel of profound philosophical inquiry. With all the powerful storytelling she brought to her award-winning debut, Miracle Creek, Angie Kim turns the missing-person story into something wholly original, creating an indelible tale of a family who must go to remarkable lengths to truly understand one another.

Miracle Creek

Picador |


The “gripping… page-turner” (
Time) hitting all the best of summer reading lists, Miracle Creek is perfect for book clubs and fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng

How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: 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?

“A stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost” (Washington Post), 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. Drawing on the author’s own experiences as a Korean-American, former trial lawyer, and mother of a “miracle submarine” patient, this is a novel steeped in suspense and igniting discussion.


How To Change Your Career Later In Life


Becoming A Writer/Artist Later In Life


Finding Your Dream Career


Using Fiction to Build Empathy and Overcome Bias


Overcoming The Bias Of Equating Verbal Fluency With Intelligence


Discovering And Writing About The Immigrant Experience


How To Break Into Writing

Tips from someone who started creative writing her her 40s.


Anatomy of a Courtroom Drama

This is a book discussion of Miracle Creek and Happiness Falls, focusing on legal justice issues and the portrayal of lawyers and judges.


Using storytelling techniques and narrative structure in legal writing and oral argument


Using your legal career to get started in novel writing and publishing

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

Barnes and Noble Pick 2023
Good Morning America Pick 2023
Winner, Edgar Award (2020)
Winner, International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Award (2020)
Winner, Strand Critics Award (2020)
Winner, Pinckley Prize (2020)
Finalist, Library of Virginia Literary Awards (2020)
Finalist, New American Voices Award (2020)
Notable Essay, Best American Essays (2020)
10 Storytellers to Watch, Variety (2019)
A Best Book of the Year (Time, The Washington Post, Today show, Real Simple, Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Chicago Public Library, Hudson Booksellers, BookPage, and others, 2019)
Finalist, Goodreads Choice Awards, Mystery (2019)
Semi-finalist, Goodreads Choice Awards, Debut/Literary (2019)
Indie Next, LibraryReads, and Book of the Month Selections (2019)
Nominee, Pushcart Prize (2014)
Winner, Wabash Prize for Fiction (2013, judged by Charles Baxter)
Winner, Glamour Essay Contest (2012, judged by Jesmyn Ward, Jane Smiley, Erin Morgenstern, and Ann Brashares)
Finalist, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award (2011)
Finalist, Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction (2011)

Media clips

The Atlantic | Starting Over When You Think It’s Too Late

The New York Times | A Novel That’s Equals Parts Murder Mystery, Courtroom Drama and Immigration Tale

The Washington Post | ‘Miracle Creek’: A twisty legal thriller that shows how far parents will go for their kids

Goodreads | New and Upcoming Books to Discover This AAPI Heritage Month

Los Angeles Times | Angie Kim’s ‘Miracle Creek’ follows a Korean family, a deadly explosion and its aftermath

The Nerdette Podcast | Your Summer Books Preview

Book Riot | The Best Books We Read Jan-March 2023

Stacker | 100 of the Best Thriller Novels of All Time

The Washington Post | I’ve experienced anti-Asian harassment and written it into my novels. I’m not ready to move on.

LA Times | United We Read

The Atlantic | How to Build a Happy Life

Washingtonian | Novelist Angie Kim Used to Be a Lawyer. Until She Realized She Couldn’t Stand It Anymore

Asian American: The Ken Fong Podcast | Ep 251: Angie Kim

Feminist Book Club | [36] Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek

NPR | In Her Debut Novel ‘Miracle Creek,’ Angie Kim Taps Into Themes She Knows Well

Variety | 10 Storytellers to Watch

The Guardian | ‘I thought we were the unlucky ones’: the experimental treatment that inspired a murder mystery

BookPage | Angie Kim, The deepest dive

Publishers Weekly | The Who-/How-/Why-dunit: PW Talks with Angie Kim

PBS | Between the Covers, Angie Kim, Season 5 Episode 8

Literary Hub | Angie Kim on the Myth of the Good Mother

Elle | Angie Kim Tears the ‘Good Mother’ Myth Apart in Debut Novel Miracle Creek

Vogue | With Her Son Suffering from a Mysterious Illness, One Mother Finds Hope in an Experimental Treatment

Good Morning America | Hot Summer Reads

LitHub BookMarks | The Award-Winning Novels of 2020: The Books That Took Home This Year’s Biggest Literary Prizes

AP News | In 2019, immigration novels are especially timely

The Saturday Evening Post | 10 Best Books to Read This Spring

Time | The 11 Best Fiction Books of 2019 So Far

Oprah Daily | 12 of the Best Recent Mystery Novels That Will Get Your Blood Racing

Vulture | Spring Books Preview: Fiction We Can’t Wait to Read by Sally Rooney, Susan Choi, and Others

Vulture | Angie Kim, Mystic River, Miracle Creek

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