Emerging Writers, with Guest Author Chang-rae Lee
|A native of Korea, Chang-rae Lee immigrated to the United States at the age of
3. His writings explore the themes of identity, belonging and assimilation.
"Native Speaker," his first novel, tells the story of a Korean-American
outsider who is involved with espionage. The book won the Ernest Hemingway
Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award and other honors.|
His second book, "A Gesture Life," is a narrative about an elderly medic who treated Korean "comfort women" during World War II. The novel, which won the Anisfeld-Wolf Prize in Fiction and the Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction, earned Lee a spot on The New Yorker magazine's list of the 20 best American writers under 40. "A Gesture Life" was chosen as the fifth book in Seattle's reading program.
Lee's third novel "Aloft" approaches the problems of race and belonging in America from a new angle—the perspective of Jerry Battle, the semiretired patriarch of a well-off (and mostly white) Long Island family. Lee teaches at Princeton University.