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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library LEE (Text) 33500013344593 New Checked out 03/16/2021
Hallock Public Library LEE (Text) 35500006442535 New In transit -

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  • ISBN: 9781594634574
  • ISBN: 1594634572
  • Physical Description: 477 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2021.

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Summary, etc.:
"From the award-winning author of NATIVE SPEAKER and ON SUCH A FULL SEA, a brilliant, exuberant and entertaining story of a young American whose life is transformed when a Chinese-American businessman suddenly takes him under his wing on a global adventure"-- Provided by publisher.
Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 November #1
    *Starred Review* Tiller jettisons a typical college semester abroad for what morphs into a nightmare year in several circles of hell when he impulsively casts his lot with magnetic and seemingly magnanimous Pong, a Big Pharma chemist and superfoods entrepreneur. Describing himself as 12-1/2 percent Asian, Tiller comes under Chinese American Pong's spell while golf caddying, and is soon accompanying him as an assistant to China. An innocent abroad and a preternaturally observant and energetically and creatively expressive narrator, Tiller finds himself drawing on heretofore hidden talents to survive bizarre, increasingly menacing situations. These are relayed in extended flashbacks, while, in the present, Lee's cleverly named protagonist navigates a precarious life in a witness-protection program with his depressed older lover and her eight-year-old son, a prodigy chef. Culinary passion, yoga, karaoke, alchemy, immortality, sexual enthrallment, oppression, madness, crime, and diabolical cruelty all stoke Tiller's increasingly surreal and gruesome adventures, which play in dissonant counterpoint to his sweetly harmonious philosophical reflections. Profoundly imaginative and thrillingly virtuosic, Lee (On Such a Full Sea, 2014), has created an audaciously satiric, harrowing, witty, and tender variation on the archetypal hero's journey and a fathoms-deep exploration of self, family, culture, and power. As Tiller steers through maelstroms, with forgiveness, kindness, and love as his polestars, he also makes sure, as does his ill-fated mentor Pong, to savor "a quantum of sweetness."HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lee is supreme, and this high-velocity, shocking, and wise novel, avidly promoted, is emitting an irresistible magnetic force. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, as well as On Such a Full Sea, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Chang-rae Lee teaches writing at Stanford University.

Subject: College students > Fiction.
Chinese Americans > Fiction.
Business travel > Asia > Fiction.
Apprentices > Fiction.
Life change events > Fiction.
Cultural awareness > Fiction.
Asia > Description and travel > Fiction.
FICTION / Asian American.
FICTION / Satire.
FICTION / Literary.
Business travel.
Chinese Americans.
College students.
Cultural awareness.
Life change events.
Genre: Fiction.

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