The Foreign Student by Susan Choi

In 1955, a new student arrives at a small college in the Tennessee mountains. Chuck is shy, speaks English haltingly, and on the subject of his earlier life in Korea will not speak at all. Then he meets Katherine, a solitary young woman haunted by an episode in her past. Without knowing why, these two outsiders are drawn together, each sensing in the other the possibility of salvation.

“An auspicious debut novel…Epic in its harrowing accounts of war and intimate in its charged descriptions of the unlikely love affair at its center.” —The New Yorker

“A luminous and accomplished first novel…that resonates with compassion-turned-ardor and an addictive melancholy vibrating beneath every line.” —Houston Chronicle

A novel of extraordinary sensibility and transforming strangeness.” —Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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