In Nami Mun’s debut novel, Miles from Nowhere, a 13 year old Korean immigrant girl runs away from her dysfunctional Bronx home and embarks on a harrowing journey through the streets of 1980s New York. Though Mun herself left home at a young age, she wouldn’t consider her novel autobiographical.
“If I had to put it in numbers, I’d say maybe one percent of the book is autobiographical. Yes, I left home at a young age but I chose not to write about the actual events of my own life as a runaway. I kept those actual events in a ‘reserve’ of sorts and used my knowledge of them to strengthen the narrative artifice I was creating,” Mun says.