A Person of Interest
When a mail bomb explodes in the campus office next door, Lee, an Asian American math professor at a second-tier university in the Midwest, comes under suspicion. The authorities believe he may be the infamous brain bomber, an elusive terrorist whose primary targets a...more
When Lee's despised colleague becomes the victim of a mail bomb, his lonely world starts to fall in on itself. His strange ways and little fibs catch the attention of the investigators on the case. Despite having never touched explosives in his lifetime, L...more
Throw in the plot elements, and this book is riveting. Allusions to authorities empowered to pursue their misplaced suspicions and the paranoia created by domestic terrori...more
But I had two main issues. First, it's not at all about what you think it's abo...more
When an academic...more
Susan Choi's American Woman (**** Nov/Dec 2003), a Pulitzer Prize finalist, fictionalized the abduction of Patty Hearst; here, she successfully tackles terrorism in an alienated America. Praised by the New York Times Book Review as "combining the unhurried pleasures of certain classics with the jittery tensions of more recent fiction," A Person of Interest is more notable for its acute psychological insight and focus on one man's discovery of himself than for its whodunit elements. A few reviewe...more
Not so with Susan Choi's novels (I'm guessing the same with dates since she is married). A Person of Int...more
It's extremely well written with complicated relationships; it has an intricate plot; and it will challenge your knowledge of vocabulary, for sure.
When a bombing at a college campus kills a charismatic, popular computer science professor, an older math colleague is implicated and becomes a pe...more
In painfully exquisite detail, Choi picks away at the unraveling of Lee's life as his colleagues, his neighbors and the media, quite unjustifiably, treat him as the prime suspect in the bombing.
A parallel plot involving Gaither's absconding with his...more
The writing at times is overly descriptive and complicated. I thought the ending "wrapped" up things much too neatly. I don't...more
Indeed, Choi’s dense sentences, which are replete with delicious detail, pull in the reader and make him/her riveted by the culture of said environment. The author’s skilled character development allows her ensemble cast to make bold decisions form the very beg...more
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 c...more