A Person of Interest by Susan Choi
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With its propulsive drive, vividly realized characters, and profound observations about soul and society, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Susan Choi's latest novel is as thrilling as it is lyrical, and confirms her place as one of the most important novelists chronicling the American experience. Intricately plotted and psychologically acute, A Person of Interest exposes the fault lines of paranoia and dread that have fractured American life and asks how far one man must go to escape his regrets. Professor Lee, an Asian-born mathematician near retirement age would seem the last person to attract the attention of FBI agents. Yet after a colleague becomes the latest victim of a serial bomber, Lee must endure the undermining power of suspicion and face the ghosts of his past.


 

About Susan Choi

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Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction.  Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her third, A Person of Interest, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award.  A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, in 2010 she received the PEN/W. G.Sebald Award.  She teaches at Princeton and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons.
 
Published January 31, 2008 by Penguin Books. 380 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Self Help. Fiction

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Choi (The Foreign Student, 1998, etc.) draws on the Unabomber case for her awkward third novel, about a campus bombing and a beleaguered Asian-American professor.

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The New York Times

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Susan Choi’s protagonist is an Asian-born math professor accused of murdering a colleague.

Feb 17 2008 | Read Full Review of A Person of Interest: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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After fictionalizing elements of the Patty Hearst kidnapping for her second novel (the 2004 Pulitzer finalist American Woman ), Choi combines elements of the Wen

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Star Tribune

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A socially and psychologically astute portrait of an anguished man in our paranoid and edgy times.

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Book Reporter

his office while Lee is in the office right next door, Lee is.

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AV Club

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A mail bomb leads to self-examination and a shot at redemption for a man too ordinary to warrant such explosive attention.

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USA Today

Person of Interest is as much about Chicago undercover cop Craig McHugh's grueling commitment to busting Chinese gangs as it is a meditation on a soured marriage.

Jul 25 2015 | Read Full Review of A Person of Interest: A Novel

USA Today

In Person of Interest, we're reminded of the Unabomber (Ted Kaczynski and his anti-technology rampage ended in the 1990s) and Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwanese-born American scientist who was accused of stealing secrets about the USA's nuclear arsenal in 1999.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Praised by the New York Times Book Review as "combining the unhurried pleasures of certain classics with the jittery tensions of more recent fiction," A Person of Interest is more notable for its acute psychological insight and focus on one man’s discovery of himself than for its whodunit elements.

Apr 10 2008 | Read Full Review of A Person of Interest: A Novel

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