Chang-rae Lee is the author of NATIVE SPEAKER, A GESTURE LIFE, ALOFT, THE SURRENDERED and ON SUCH A FULL SEA. He is a professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, where he teaches creative writing.
In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement 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 behind.
Henry Park has spent his entire life trying to become a true American --- a native speaker. But even as the essence of his adopted country continues to elude him, his Korean heritage seems to drift further and further away. When he is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician, his very identity is tested, and he must figure out who he is amid not only the conflicts within himself but also within the ethnic and political tensions of the New York City streets.