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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Chang-Rae Lee's "The Surrendered" is difficult to read. - Goodreads
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Hollow and aimless, wandering and apathetic, just like its subjects. Sometimes when a book closely mirrors its characters' hearts, it can be touching and endearing, but other times it misses the mark ... Read full review

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Chang-rae Lee's "The Surrendered" is a painful read about people who are much the worse for wars: the Korean war and WWII in Manchuria. The first chapter, in particular, is a harrowing narrative of ... Read full review

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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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