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									Chang-rae LeeChang-rae Lee
A native of Seoul, Korea, Chang-rae Lee emigrated to the U.S. with his parents when he was just three years old, and he's been fascinated with his adopted country ever since. His breakout first novel, Native Speaker, was a critical success on both sides of the Atlantic, and his latest novel, Aloft, continues to explore the American dream. As The New Yorker reflects, "The prose Chang-rae Lee writes is elliptical, riddling, poetic... beautifully made."

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Chang-rae Lee
Current Home:
Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
July 29, 1965
Place of Birth:
Seoul, Korea
B.A. in English, Yale University, 1987; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Oregon, 1993
PEN/Hemingway Award, B&N Discover Award, American Book Award for Native Speaker; Anisfield-Wolf Prize and NAIBA Book Award for A Gesture Life

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								Aloft, Author: 
								Chang-Rae Lee.

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by Chang-Rae Lee
In his highly anticipated third novel, Lee introduces readers to an unforgettable first-person narrator, retired Long Island businessman Jerry Battle. An emotionally crippled soul, Jerry's only joy in life comes from flying his private plane; however, when a series of dramatic events send his personal life crashing down around him, for once he cannot fly away.

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								Native Speaker, Author: 
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*  Native Speaker (1995)
*  A Gesture Life (1999)
*  Aloft (2004)

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								Rabbit Is Rich, Author: 
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Rabbit Is Rich
by John Updike
In our exclusive interview with Lee, he named John Updike's Rabbit Is Rich as a favorite book, calling it "one of the few novels I might consider calling 'perfect' -- it’s all here, in a virtuosic and utterly unified presentation: voice, characterization, narrative sequencing, keen social commentary, metaphorical/pictorial wizardry. [It's] Updike at the height of his powers." Read our interview with Lee to learn more about his favorite writers and reads, including:

*  On the Road   by Jack Kerouac
*  The Confessions of Nat Turner   by William Styron
*  The Names   by Don DeLillo

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If At First You Don't Succeed...

"I wrote a novel before Native Speaker that I worked on feverishly, and had great hopes for, but that turned out to be a thoroughly bad pastiche of Pynchon and DeLillo," Lee reveals in our interview. "It wasn’t a wholly wasted experience (it was terribly painful and depressing), as I learned how deep a commitment (and immense effort and stamina) it takes to write something as long and sustained as a novel, even a poor one."

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