My Year Abroad By Chang-rae Lee

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My Year Abroad: A Novel By Chang-rae Lee


Book/Novel Author: Chang-rae Lee

Book/Novel Title: My Year Abroad

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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER“Amanifesto to happiness—the one found when you stop running from who youare.” –New York Times Book Review  “An extraordinary book, acrobatic on the level of thesentence, symphonic across its many movements—and this is a book that moves…MyYear Abroad is a wild ride—a caper, a romance, a bildungsroman,and something of a satire of how to get filthy rich in rising Asia.” – Vogue From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and OnSuch a Full Sea, an exuberant, provocative story about a young Americanlife transformed by an unusual Asian adventure – and about the humancapacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.     Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimalaspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative ChineseAmerican entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond hisbored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along ona boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young manto talented protégé, and pulled into a series of ever more extreme andeye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, andof himself.    In the breathtaking, “precise, elliptical prose” that Chang-rae Lee isknown for (The New York Times), the narrative alternatesbetween Tiller’s outlandish, mind-boggling year with Pong and the strange,riveting, emotionally complex domestic life that follows it, as Tillerprocesses what happened to him abroad and what it means for his future. Richwith commentary on Western attitudes, Eastern stereotypes, capitalism,global trade, mental health, parenthood, mentorship, and more, MyYear Abroad is also an exploration of the surprising effects ofcultural immersion—on a young American in Asia, on a Chinese man inAmerica, and on an unlikely couple hiding out in the suburbs. Tinged atonce with humor and darkness, electric with its accumulating surprises andsuspense, My Year Abroad is a novel that only Chang-raeLee could have written, and one that will be read and discussed for yearsto come.

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