but what's especially delightful about Min Jin Lee and her new novel...is that she's taken up the expansive form of the nineteenth century novel and its concerns about money, marriage, and duty, to create a kind of Korean-American riff on all those sagas, Pride And Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, where the principled heroine sometimes behaves like a downright fool."

– Maureen Corrigan, NPR FRESH AIR


Essays | May 05, 2011

Up Front: After the Earthquake

Published at (link): Vogue


March 11, 2011, fell on a Friday, the day I run errands and go to the market. Until 2:46 p.m., about an hour before my thirteen-year-old son, Sam, would return home from his international school in Chofu, a suburb of Tokyo, it had been a good day. Once in a rare while in the life of a writer struggling on her sophomore novel, it’s possible to achieve a state of semi-contentedness by producing a few decent pages, and that morning was a halcyon interlude in my otherwise grumbling condition. After printing out my day’s work, I tidied the house, raced to the bank, paid my utility bills, then mulled over what to make for dinner for Sam and my husband, Christopher.

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