NYT Book Review: He Can’t Carry a Tune, but Chang-rae Lee Has a Song to Sing

Michelle Mishina Kunz for The New York Times

MY YEAR ABROAD | Chang-rae Lee | BUY BOOK


January 31, 2021

“My Year Abroad,” his sixth novel, is about letting yourself plunge into the world, even when it hurts. He’s been thinking about that a lot over these past, painful months.

There are times when Chang-rae Lee — Pulitzer fiction finalist, PEN/Hemingway Award winner, English professor at Stanford, beloved novelist with a sixth one on the way — wonders if he can write.

With every book he has published, he said, he has thought about the accolades he has received since his 1995 debut, Native Speaker, and thought: “This is all mirrors. It could dissipate. It’s fog.”

Over the years that Lee spent working on his latest novel, “My Year Abroad,” there were many moments, he said during a video interview from Honolulu, where he has been spending most of this month… more


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