New York Times-bestselling author of The Surrendered and Native Speaker
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About Chang-rae Lee
A deeply influential writer about race, class and immigrant life in America, Chang-rae Lee has built a dazzling reputation as “a spellbinder” (The Hartford Courant), “a master craftsman” (The Washington Post), and “an original” (the Los Angeles Times). His debut novel, Native Speaker, which was published in 1995 and awarded the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, explores themes of alienation and betrayal that mark the experiences of many immigrants and first-generation citizens. He is also the author of A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered, which received the Dayton Peace Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Lee’s latest novel, On Such a Full Sea, takes readers into a vivid, dystopian world where society is strictly stratified by class. Through the eyes of his protagonist, a female fish-tank diver named Fan, Lee explores issues of cultural identity, work, and love, and challenges audiences to think about the world they live in. The novel was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award.
His other numerous accolades include The New Yorker’s “20 Writers for the 21st Century” and an Asian American Literary Award. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Oregon and currently teaches creative writing at Stanford University.
Praise for Chang-rae Lee
Praise for My Year Abroad
My Year Abroad is a novel of astonishing wit and wisdom and scope, a globe-spanning story about those powerful first youthful encounters with love and evil and heartbreak and beauty. It’s also, by the way, enormously fun to read. Chang-rae Lee is, clearly, a master.— Nathan Hill, New York Times-bestselling author of The Nix
Native Speaker, Lee's ground-breaking debut, paved the way for an entire generation of novelists responding to the ever-changing face of America, myself included. For a quarter century now, from book to book, he has explored the ever-urgent themes of alienation, assimilation, and identity with unmatched assurance and acuity. He has redefined not only what it means to be American, but the fabric of the Great American Novel itself.— Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Interpreter of Maladies
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My Year Abroad
“My Year Abroad is a strange and stirring amalgam: a tender novel about business, ambition, and appetite. With great generosity, and in a searching, democratic spirit, Chang-rae Lee describes the enticements, mirages, pleasures and catastrophes that attend not only the pursuit of wealth but the pursuit of happiness in all its forms, romantic, domestic, and, yes, gustatory. In Pong Lou, he has given American literature a character who deserves his place among other tragic dreamers, from Gatsby to J.R.” – Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Middlesex