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Chang-Rae Lee

Korea (b.1965)

Chang-Rae Lee (born July 29, 1965) is a first-generation Korean American novelist.

Lee was born in Korea in 1965. He emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old. Raised in Westchester, New York, Lee attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in English and from the University of Oregon with a MFA in writing. He worked as a Wall Street financial analyst for a year before turning to writing full time. Lee teaches writing at Princeton University, where he has served as the director of Princeton's Program in Creative Writing.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Native Speaker (1995)
   A Gesture Life (1999)
   Aloft (2004)
   The Surrendered (2010)
   On Such a Full Sea (2014)
   My Year Abroad (2021)
Non fiction
   Coming Home Again (2016)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : The Surrendered

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Saint X (2020)
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Number One Chinese Restaurant (2018)
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"This novel practically thumps with heartache and sharp humor."
Monstress (2012)
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"The stories in Monstrous announce the debut of an electric literary talent. Brilliantly quirky, often moving, always gorgeously told, these are tales of big hearted misfits who yearn for their authentic selves with extraordinary passion and grace."

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