“I've never been a fan of grand hyperbolic declarations in book reviews, but faced with On Such a Full Sea, I have no choice but to ask: Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?”—P Khakpour, The LA Times. We are pleased to invite you to hear Chang Rae Lee read from his new novel, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman’s legendary quest in a shocking, future America.
On Such a Full Sea takes
Chang-rae Lee’s elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his
long-standing interests in identity, culture, work, and love, and lifts
them to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and historical
territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world created
from scratch. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a
stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way
readers think about the world they live in. In a future,
long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class.
Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled,
self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor
class—descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from
environmentally ruined provincial China—find purpose and identity in
their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite,
satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.
this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in
the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves
mysteriously disappears. Fan’s journey to find him takes her out of the
safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is
rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter
village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left
Chang-rae Lee is the author of four previous novels: Native Speaker; A Gesture Life; Aloft; and The Surrendered, which was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His novels have won numerous awards and citations, including
the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award the , ALA Notable Book of the Year Award, the
Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book
Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction. He has also written stories
and articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time (Asia), Granta, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and many other publications. He teaches creative writing at Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts.