Susan Choi

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Susan Choi
BornIndiana, United States

Susan Choi (born 1969) is an American novelist.

Early life and education[edit]

Choi was born in South Bend, Indiana to a Korean father and a Jewish mother. She attended public schools. When she was nine years old, her parents divorced. She and her mother moved to Houston, Texas. Choi earned a B.A. in Literature from Yale University (1990) and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She resides in Brooklyn.[1]


After receiving her graduate degree, she worked for The New Yorker as a fact checker. At this job she met the man she married, Pete Wells, now the New York Times restaurant critic.[2] They reside in Brooklyn.[1]

Choi published her first novel The Foreign Student (1998). It won the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and was a finalist of the Discover Great New Writers Award at Barnes & Noble. Her second novel, American Woman (2003), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in literature.[3] In 2010, she won the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award for A Person of Interest.[4]

With David Remnick, Choi edited an anthology of short fiction entitled Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Her novel A Person of Interest (2008) was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009. Her latest novel is My Education (2013).

As of May 2018, Choi is working on a novel employing conventions of memoir and reportage that "takes up the question of national identity, and the extent to which it coincides or does not coincide with ethnic and with cultural identity."[5]

She also teaches creative writing at Yale University.[6]

Awards and grants[edit]


  • The Foreign Student (1998), ISBN 0-06-019149-X
  • Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker (2000), ISBN 0-375-50356-0 (ed. with David Remnick)
  • American Woman (novel) (2003), ISBN 0-06-054221-7
  • A Person of Interest (2008), ISBN 978-0-670-01846-8
  • My Education (2013), ISBN 0670024902

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Choi, Susan (2004). American Woman. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc. pp. About the Author.
  2. ^ Parker, Ian (12 September 2016). "Knives Out: Pete Wells, the Times' Restaurant Critic, wants to have fun -- or else". The New Yorker (p. 46-55). Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Finalist: American Woman, by Susan Choi (HarperCollins)". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  4. ^ Cohen, Patricia (23 September 2010). "PEN American Center Names Award Winners". New York Times — ArtsBeat.
  5. ^ "Susan Choi". Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  6. ^ "Susan Choi | Yale Creative Writing". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  7. ^ "Looking for summer reading? Lambda Literary Awards rain down a host of choices". Times-Picayune, June 3, 2014.

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