How to Write an Autobiographical Novel Lib/E: Essays

Alexander Chee (Author) Daniel K Isaac (Read by)
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Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
December 04, 2018
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About the Author

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, The Sewaneee Review, The Yale Review, and Guernica, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

Daniel K. Isaac was born on December 5, 1988 in Fullerton, California. He is an actor and writer, known for Billions, Money Monster, and Too Big to Fail.


A knowing and luminous self-portrait.

-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"

Meditates on how art shapes who we are, unpacking its author's own coming-of-age as a gay Korean man to craft persuasive, engrossing arguments.

-- "Entertainment Weekly"

Chee has written a moving and personal tribute to impermanence, a wise and transgressive meditation on a life lived both because of and in spite of America, a place where, he writes, you are allowed to speak the truth as long as nothing changes.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Chee's insights about writing, love, and activism are hard won, honest, and incredibly wise.

-- "Guardian (London)"

He beckons readers to experience his private moments with such clarity and honesty that we're immediately brought into his consciousness. At the same time, he asks us to contemplate the largest questions about identity, sexuality, family, art and war.

-- "Washington Post"

Chee remains introspective and self-reflective without arrogance...Chee is able to write about himself and, by extension, about all of us.

-- "Esquire"

Every essay, no matter the subject, exhibits warmth, rigor, tact...The mask conceals and it reveals; writing transfigures and it uncovers. That's the gift that writing has given Chee, and it's the gift that his wonderful new collection gives its readers.

-- " Boston Globe"

An absolute gift of a book for writers everywhere. Every single essay is a pearl.

-- "Chicago Review of Books"

His essays are an invitation not to review the rules of writing but to trace a unique pathway into knowledge and being in and through writing.

-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"

Chee's writing has a mesmerizing quality; his sentences are rife with profound truths without lapsing into the didactic.

-- "NPR"

Alexander Chee is one of our most important writers and we should listen to every damn thing he has to say.

-- "Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Up"

Alexander Chee explores the realm of the real with extraordinarily beautiful essays. Being real here is an ambition, a haunting, an impossibility, and an illusion. What passes for real, his essays suggest, becomes real, just as life becomes art, and art, pursued this fully, becomes a life.

-- "Eula Biss, author of On Immunity"

A searing examination of the costs of writing.

-- "Vox"

The sixteen essays that knit together his profound and resonant collection are a nimble study in radical self-invention...The revelations that follow crackle with the same glowing, essential truths.

-- "Wired"

The collection is candid, recursive, and well matched to narrator Daniel K. Isaac's understated sincerity. From moments of wry humor to shattering honesty, Isaac carries listeners through with sophisticated equanimity, underscoring the sense of intimacy created by Chee's words.

-- "AudioFile"