New York Times-bestselling author of The Surrendered and Native Speaker
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, My Year Abroad, was an instant national bestseller and examines a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure that provides insight into the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection. Rich with commentary on Western attitudes, Eastern stereotypes, capitalism, mental health, mentorship, and more, My Year Abroad is also an exploration of the surprising effects of cultural immersion—on a young American in Asia, on a Chinese man in America, and on an unlikely couple hiding out in the suburbs.
Lee’s previous novel, On Such a Full Sea, 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,” the 2021 Award of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 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