Writer Nami Mun's new novel "Miles from Nowhere," tells the heart rending tale of Joon, a Korean girl who runs away from her family to live on the streets of New York.
At age 13 she is immersed in a world riddled with crime and drugs.
Mun, who emigrated from Korea to the U.S. as a girl, also ran away from her family as a teenager. She says the story isn't autobiographical, but it captures the emotions she experienced.
She told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr about the time she got a job selling jewelry on the street. She went into the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant to try to sell something to the cooks.