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The Surrendered

Chang-Rae Lee

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A masterpiece, fit to stand alongside the greatest novels of the past twenty-five years.

June Han has forged a life thousands of miles from her birthplace: she has built a business in New York, survived a husband, borne a child. But her past holds more secrets than she has ever been able to tell, and thirty years after her escape from war-ravaged Korea, the time has come for her to confront them.

Hector Brennan, fighter, drinker and 'failure grand and total', is the man who long ago saved June's life. And between them lies the story of the beautiful, damaged Sylvie Tanner, whose elusive love they both once sought. On a journey that takes them from the scorched hillsides and abandoned rice paddies of a shattered Korea to a blood-soaked century-old Italian battlefield, together June and Hector go in search of their past, bound together by a legacy of shocking acts of violence and love.

Compelling, suspenseful and unforgettable, THE SURRENDERED is a stunning epic of war, redemption and human longing. It is a masterpiece.

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Praise for The Surrendered

  • The writing is exquisite...truly compelling and ideal pick for serious book groups - NW magazine

  • A harrowing examination of love and war... Beautifully written and finely nuanced, Lee's characters are skilfully drawn... While it is grim at times, the humanity that shines through makes this a wonderful read - Courier Mail

  • This is an emotionally demanding book, but one that impossible to walk away from - Herald Sun

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Chang-Rae Lee

Chang-rae Lee is the author of the bestselling novel Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/Pen award. He teaches at Princeton University.

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