The Surrendered

A New York Times Bestseller

A 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction

One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

A 2010 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book for Fiction

A 2010 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction

A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

Selected for the March 2010 Indie Next List

A 2010 ALA Notable Book for Fiction

June Han was only a girl when the Korean War left her orphaned; Hector Brennan was a young GI who fled the petty tragedies of his small town to serve his country. When the war ended, their lives collided at a Korean orphanage where they vied for the attentions of Sylvie Tanner, the beautiful yet deeply damaged missionary wife whose elusive love seemed to transform everything. Thirty years later and on the other side of the world, June and Hector are reunited in a plot that will force them to come to terms with the mysterious secrets of their past, and the shocking acts of love and violence that bind them together.

As Lee unfurls the stunning story of June, Hector, and Sylvie, he weaves a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for mercy, salvation, and surrendering oneself to another.

Editorial Reviews

“[The Surrendered] is epic in scope, masterful in execution, heart stopping at times, and heartbreaking at others. The meticulous narrative unfolds over 52 years and across three continents. Nothing is rushed; nothing is overlooked.”

Boston Globe

“A landmark novel about love and war…Chang-rae Lee’s The Surrendered…is impossible to put down.”

O, The Oprah Magazine

“This is not a happy book, but it is a rewarding one. The Surrendered grabs your attention—sometimes terrifying you in the process—and doesn’t let go until its final moment…Breathtakingly alive.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Extremely well written, powerfully moving in places.”

New Yorker

“Lee’s masterful fourth novel bursts with drama and human anguish as it documents the ravages and indelible effects of war…Powerful, deeply felt, compulsively readable, and imbued with moral gravity, the novel does not peter out into easy redemption. It’s a harrowing tale: bleak, haunting, often heartbreaking—and not to be missed.”

Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner for first fiction, A Gesture Life, and Aloft. Selected by the New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers under forty, he teaches writing at Princeton.

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Reader Biography

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. His voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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