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Marginalia: Chang-rae Lee On 'My Year Abroad'

Michelle Branca Lee
Chang-rae Lee

Chang-rae Lee is known for exploring issues of culture and identity. His new novel, My Year Abroad, introduces readers to a young American who is taken on a year-long global adventure by a Chinese-American businessman.

This book takes a deep dive into the American dream and consumption, and more granular, at the transition from average college student to domestic adulthood.

I recently spoke with Lee about the book and its memorable characters. Here’s our conversation.


My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee was published by Riverhead Books.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.