The Foreign Student


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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Choi was born in Indiana and grew up in Texas. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Discover Great New Writers Award at Barnes & Noble. With David Remnick, she edited an anthology of fiction entitled Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"A novel of secrets that unfold like the leaves on an artichoke. The Foreign Student is a mosaic of betrayal in peace and war that marks the debut of a gifted young novelist wise beyond her years."--John Gregory Dunne
"A luminous and accomplished first novel . . . that resonates with compassion-turned-ardor and an addictive melancholy vibrating beneath every line."--Houston Chronicle
"A powerful and involving book....[written in] a style that can accommodate both the broad forces of history and the most intimate of lives."--Lamar Herrin, author of The Lies Boys Tell
"A young war-shocked Korean man falls for a comely southern belle with secrets of her own in Susan Choi's elegantly wrought first novel, The Foreign Student."--Vanity Fair
"An accomplished, perceptive novel, which invites rereading and lingers in the reader's memory."--Booklist
"An auspicious debut novel . . . epic in its harrowing accounts of war and intimate in its charged descriptions of the unlikely love affair at its center."--The New Yorker
"Choi's descriptions are strange and powerful....The Foreign Student's plot is carefully orchestrated and camera-ready. It takes a war, an epistolary betrayal, and a natural disaster to effect a kiss."--New York magazine
"First-time novelist Susan Choi writes gracefully, insightfully and with striking maturity."--Time
"Richly detailed. . . . Moving from the present to the past, from America to Korea, Choi brings hundreds of small scenes to life."--New York Times Book Review
"Susan Choi has written a first novel of extraordinary sensibility and transforming strangeness. Her prose has the feel of a handmade artifact, oddly bumpy at times and startlingly expressive."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Two very unlikely worlds intersect in The Foreign Student, war-ravaged Korea and the genteel culture of Sewanee, Tennessee. In gracious prose, Susan Choi renders their cruelties, their lies, and their beauty."--Arthur Golden, author of Memories of A Geisha