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Chang-rae Lee, In Conversation with Rick Kleffel

January 13, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Please join Bookshop in welcoming best-selling author (Native Speaker, The Surrendered) to celebrate his new title On Such a Full Sea in conversation with Agony Column’s Rick Kleffel. This new novel takes Chang-rae Lee’s elegance of prose, mastery of storytelling, and insight into themes of identity, culture, work, and love, and lifts them into an exhilarating new plane. Lee brings us into a world reinvented: a vividly imagined future, and one girl’s legendary quest to comprehend the life into which she has been born.

In a long-declining America, abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as secure, self-contained labor settlements. Here, communities of contented workers—descendants of those brought over en masse from China many years earlier—devote their lives to the cultivation of pristine produce and seafood for the wealthy residents of the elite walled village that lie outside. In return for their contributions, the workers are protected from the violence of the anarchic quasi-states that exist elsewhere. Within one of these labor settlements lives Fan, an almost mythically gifted female fish-tank diver. When the man she loves disappears mysteriously, Fan shocks her community by leaving the safety of its gated walls to go in search for him.

A stunning visionary work, Chang-rae Lee will change readers view of the world they know. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Lee for a reading, Q&A, and signing in celebration of this poignant new novel.

Author Photo by David Burnett


January 13, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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