Native Speaker

Native Speaker

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101660034
  • 368 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult


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L is for Lee. Korean American Henry Park is “surreptitious, B+ student of life, illegal alien, emotional alien, Yellow peril: neo-American, stranger, follower, traitor, spy…” or so says his wife, in the list she writes upon leaving him. Henry is forever uncertain of his place, a perpetual outsider looking at American culture from a distance. And now, a man of two worlds, he is beginning to fear that he has betrayed both and belongs to neither. Chang-Rae Lee’s first novel Native Speaker is a raw and lyrical evocation of the immigrant experience and of the question of identity itself.
Native Speaker

Native Speaker

Chang-rae Lee


ALA Notable Book – winner
American Book Award – winner
Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award – winner
Granta Award – winner
Oregon Book Award – winner
PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel – winner
QPB New Visions Award – winner


“One of the year’s most provocative and deeply felt first novels…a searing portrait of the immigrant experience.”&#151Vanity Fair

“With echoes of Ralph Ellison, Chang-rae Lee’s extraordinary debut speaks for another kind of invisible man: the Asian immigrant in America…a revelatory work of fiction.”&#151Vogue

“The prose Lee writes is elliptical, riddling, poetic, often beautifully made.”&#151The New Yorker

“Deft, delicate…The book’s narrative is lyrical, its plot compelling…The novel’s interwoven plots and themes, its slew of singular characters, and Henry’s ongoing recollections and reflections are rich and enticing.”&#151Boston Globe

“A tender meditation on love, loss, and family.”&#151The New York Times Book Review

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