The Surrendered (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 9, 2010 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Chang-rae Lee, the bestselling and award-winning author of Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, and Aloft returns with his most ambitious novel yet-a spellbinding story of how love and war echo through an entire lifetime.

June Han was orphaned as a girl by the Korean War. Hector Brennan was a young GI who fled the petty tragedies of his small town to serve his country. When the war ended, their lives collided at a Korean orphanage, where they vied for the attention of Sylvie Tanner, a beautiful yet deeply damaged missionary.

As Lee masterfully unfurls the stunning story of June, Hector, and Sylvie, he weaves a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for mercy, salvation, and surrendering oneself to another.


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This is a book about deeply damaged people and the ways by which they adjusted themselves to the experience of the tearing trajectories of their lives. As is the case with many whose early life is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carl Brush - Goodreads

I just finished this one and am still trying to catch my breath. The Surrendered is not just a novel, but an experience. A powerful one. I read Lee's Aloft and Native Speaker some years back, the same ... Read full review

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ONE Korea
TWO NewYork 1986
FIVE Yongin South Korea 1953

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Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, A Gesture Life, and Aloft. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers under forty, Chang-rae Lee teaches writing at Princeton University.

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