'Choi reinvents the "affaire de l'Academie" ' (Vanity Fair)
Susan Choi: My EducationThe Booksmith (1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA) Map it Free
Susan Choi, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated author of A Person of Interest and American Woman, returns this summer with a brilliant new novel, MY EDUCATION. From an author acclaimed for her psychological acuity and pitch-perfect writing, Choi’s latest is a sizzling story about desire and possession.
Regina Gottlieb has been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur even before she arrives in the fall of 1992 as a graduate student at his prestigious eastern university high on a pastoral hill. An imperious man of scandalous noteworthiness and exceptional, even sinister attractiveness, Brodeur, who is almost twice her age, is exactly the wrong man to be a teaching assistant for, let alone possibly sleep with. But it’s Brodeur’s charismatic and angry wife, the thirty-three year old Martha Hallet, who will really shake things up.
MY EDUCATION is the story of Regina’s mistakes, which only begin in the bedroom, and end -- if they do -- fifteen years in the future and thousands of miles away. By turns erotic and completely catastrophic, Regina’s misadventures demonstrate what can happen when the chasm between desire and duty is too wide to bridge.
"My Education is a raw, wild, hurtling foray into the tangled realms of sexuality and self-knowledge. Susan Choi's vast gifts as a novelist are all on display, with her restlessness, curiosity and sheer daring leading the way." -- Jennifer Egan
“When I finished Susan Choi’s My Education, I nearly gasped. She had managed one of the most exquisite of the novelist’s magic acts – produced a cogent, passionate, and surprising story, while acknowledging the ordinary, eroding aspects of lives lived daily. She had populated it with remarkable but utterly believable characters. She had written lines that could be framed, and displayed at a sentence festival. She has, in short, written an amazing book.” -- Michael Cunningham
Susan Choi was born in South Bend, Indiana, and raised there and in Houston, Texas. She studied literature at Yale and writing at Cornell, and worked for several years as a fact-checker for The New Yorker. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Pete Wells, and their sons,