“A haunting meditation…”

A haunting meditation...

“A haunting meditation on the myriad forms of alienation . . . Choi’s reflections from Lee’s gruffly brittle point of view are as intricate and penetrating as the shifting intrigue surrounding the bomb.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

“Enthralling…”

Enthralling...

"Enthralling…Choi, with her almost surgically precise prose, establishes herself as a cultural provocateur a la DeLillo, but with a keen sense of psychological nuance. ” —Megan O’Grady, Vogue

“A staggering story of love betrayed….”

“A staggering story of love betrayed….

“A staggering story of love betrayed…. Subtle humor, emotional acuity, and breathtaking plot twists keep this tale of wounding secrets rolling as Choi’s brilliant calculus of revelation and forgiveness delivers a triumphant conclusion. ” —Booklist (Starred review)



Professor Lee, an Asian-born mathematician nearing retirement age, would seem the last person likely to attract the attention of FBI agents.  Yet after a popular young colleague becomes the latest victim of a serial bomber, Lee’s detached response and maladroit behavior lead the FBI, the national news media, and even his own neighbors to regard him with damning suspicion.

Amid campus-wide grief over the murder, Lee receives a cryptic letter from a figure out of his past.  The letter unearths a lifetime of shortcomings – toward his dead wife, his estranged only daughter, and a long-denied son.  Caught between his guilty recollections and the scrutiny of the murder investigation, determined to face his tormentor and exonerate himself, Lee sets off on a journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past – and that might even win him redemption.

“We read A Person of Interest for one of the best reasons to read any fiction: to transcend the limitations of our own lives, to find out what it’s like to be someone else, to recognize unmistakable aspects of ourselves staring back at us from the portrait of a stranger.”  —Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review website