Chang-Rae Lee Takes Us Abroad and Back | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

The celebrated Pulitzer Prize finalist explores one young man’s journey to find himself.

Lee, Chang-rae. My Year Abroad. Riverhead. Feb. 2021. 496p. ISBN 9781594634574. $28. LITERARY

Long on heart but short on talent and ambition, a young American named Tiller has his life turned around when he meets successful Chang Rae-LeeChinese American businessman Pong Lou. The dynamic and talented Pong takes Tiller on a year-long trip to Asia, where he enjoys a globetrotter’s lavish lifestyle while experiencing moments both funny and tragic that change him forever. Homeward-bound, he becomes involved with an older woman and her son, whom he meets in an American airport, switching easily from his hedonistic travels to a much quieter life. A new work from the Pulitzer Prize finalist, one of The New Yorker’s 20 Writers for the 21st Century, going strong since Native Speaker.

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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