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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Chang-Rae Lee (1965 - )

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SqueakyChu November 25th, 2006 09:34 AM PST

Chang-Rae Lee expertly describes alienation. In his first two books, he does so by presenting what it feels like to be an immigrant in a country not one's own. In Aloft, he does so by telling about how middle age changes one's perspective. I'd recommend reading his books in the order in which they were written, although I personally prefer his first two.

wordwise November 25th, 2006 10:12 AM PST

I too would recommend starting with Native Speaker. Aloft is also absorbing and memorable, and probably a more writerly, sophisticated book, but Native Speaker has a winning quality that makes you want to read more of Lee.


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Chang-Rae Lee was born Korea in 1965. At the age of three, he immigrated to the United States with his family. After graduating from Yale with a MFA in writing, he worked for a year as a wall street financial analyst before turning to writing as a full-time occupation.

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