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Chang-rae Lee’s Latest is Fueled by Harrowing Travel, Witness Protection and Food, Food and More Food

Feb 01, 2021 - The New York Times

In “My Year Abroad,” a 20-year-old is scarred by his experiences after meeting a Chinese-American entrepreneur.

Chang-rae Lee’s new novel, “My Year Abroad,” is, like everything he writes, considered and elegant, formal and philosophical. He’s firmly in command. He remains in command while this novel runs straight off the road and into a deep ravine. To borrow a euphemism from the world of aeronautics, this long and draggy book is a “controlled flight into terrain.”

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