Nominated by:

Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli - Vittorio Emanuele III, Italy

Publisher of nominated edition:

Riverhead Books, USA

On Such a Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee    

2016 Longlist

In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class—descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China—find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.

In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan’s journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for first fiction; A Gesture Life; Aloft; The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and On Such a Full Sea. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the “20 Writers for the 21st Century,” Chang-rae Lee is Professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and a Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University.

Librarian’s Comments

A dystopian sci-fi taking place in future USA with a touch of allegory to the story and a grace to the narration that rescues the brutality of the story.

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