Susan Choi

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Susan Choi
Born Indiana, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Genre Fiction

Susan Choi (born 1969) is an American novelist. Choi was born in South Bend, Indiana to a Korean father and a Jewish mother. 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 currently resides in Brooklyn.[1]

After receiving her graduate degree, she worked for The New Yorker as a fact checker; at this job, she met her husband, the New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells.[2]

Choi won the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and was a finalist of the Discover Great New Writers Award at Barnes & Noble for her first novel, The Foreign Student. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her historical fiction novel, American Woman.[3] In 2010, she won the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award.[4]

With David Remnick, she edited an anthology of short fiction entitled Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Choi's second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her novel A Person of Interest was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009. Her latest novel is My Education. As of May 2018, she 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 teaches creative writing at Yale University.[6]

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  1. ^ 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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