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Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung was born in Evanston, IL, and received an MFA from Cornell University. Her debut novel Forgotten Country won an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and she was a Granta New Voice, a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is currently a fiction editor at Guernica, and lives in New York City.
Catherine Chung recommends
Your House Will Pay (2019)
Steph Cha
"Fearless, insightful, and alight with a brutal compassion, Your House Will Pay is a devastating exploration of grief, shame, and deeply buried truths, and the hope that endures when all else seems lost."
The Revelations (2021)
Erik Hoel
"Erik Hoel has crafted an audacious literary thriller. The Revelations is hilarious and deeply serious, heady and carnal and intellectual, all at once."
Ghost Forest (2021)
Pik-Shuen Fung
"In Ghost Forest, Pik-Shuen Fung gives us a family so aching with tenderness, so incandescent with grief and love, that reading about them felt like reading about my own deepest and most secret longings and regrets. This is a book to break your heart and then fill it to bursting again. What an exquisite, glorious debut."
The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern (2022)
Rita Zoey Chin
"To read The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fernis to be transported into a world so luminescent and full of wonder, so infused with sorrow and hope and joy and magic, that I wish I could send a copy to everyone on Earth. Rita Zoey Chin's captivating debut novel is the best kind of enchantment--transformative and moving and full of untold delights."
The Sense of Wonder (2023)
Matthew Salesses
"Matthew Salesses's new novel is so freaking good I can't stand it. Blistering, confident, full of swagger and heart, it is also an exhilaratingly smart treatise on race and our collective imagination that lays bare our limitations before blasting joyfully past them. A must read!"

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