Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym is a memoir that gives a fascinating look into the mind of a musician. It is also a poignant reflection on life and how we dearly hold onto the things we love.
Min Kym is a violinist. She was a child prodigy and has had a successful career as an adult. But when her violin was stolen in a London cafe, she went through a drastic change. She felt like she could not play the violin anymore. To Kym, this specific violin was not merely a musical instrument, but part of her identity. The book shows how Kym overcomes the loss of her violin – and how in the process, she experiences growth and self-discovery. Though the violin is a central theme of the memoir, the book is about so much more than a violin; it is about Kym reflecting on her life as a whole.