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Contented Dystopia 

Wednesday, Jan 1 2014

Chang-rae Lee was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2010 novel The Surrendered, a masterful account of three characters whose paths collide in the Korean War. The book exquisitely balances intimate character study against the bigger picture, beginning with the trauma of immeasurable losses and continuing on at a brisk yet unrushed pace to examine the effects these losses have on those who were strong enough — or "lucky" enough — to survive them. The novel's success came as no surprise to fans of Lee's earlier books: his first, Native Speaker, won the PEN/Hemingway Award; A Gesture Life won the Asian American Literary Award; and Aloft won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Lee, who directs Princeton University's Program in Creative Writing, begins a short tour of the Bay Area for his new novel, On Such a Full Sea, which was just released yesterday. The book is set in a contented, dystopian version of America.

Fri., Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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