On Such a Full Sea (Chang-Rae Lee)

Article by mark

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ISBN: 9781594486104
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - January 7th, 2014

This January, I started my reading year off right by picking up Chang-Rae Lee’s magnificent new novel, ON SUCH A FULL SEA. There was so much buzz surrounding this book that a casual in-store book club developed around it; four of us now have read the novel and loved it! The novel takes place a few hundred years in the future and tells the story of Fan, a young girl who bravely leaves Baltimore, which has been renamed B-MOR). The reasons for her departure are slowly revealed as the book follows Fan on countless trials, all of it related to us in Lee’s sparkling prose. Like a lot of dystopian fiction, this story reflects the challenges and concerns of our current lives by exploring the future. However, Lee doesn’t fall into any of the traps or cliches of the genre; each twist of the plot comes unexpectedly and feels organic. ON SUCH A FULL SEA is unlike anything Lee has written before, yet it retains his stunning mastery of language and gift for storytelling. If the rest of the year is filled with books as good as this one, a great year in reading it will be!

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