Jen Sookfong Lee


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Vancouver, Canada
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Jen Sookfong Lee writes, talks on the radio and loves her slow cooker.

In 2007, Knopf Canada published Jen’s first novel, The End of East, as part of its New Face of Fiction program. Hailed as “an emotional powerhouse of a novel,” The End of East shines a light on the Chinese Canadian story, the repercussions of immigration and the city of Vancouver.

Shelter, Jen’s first fiction for young adults, was published in February 2011 as part of Annick Press’ Single Voice series. It follows a young girl as she struggles to balance her first and dangerous love affair with a difficult and demanding family.

Called “straight-ahead page-turning brilliance” by The National Post and shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The Better Mother, Jen’s s
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The Conjoined

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The End of East

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The Better Mother

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“He will challenge me, physically turn me inside out, and I will like it; the only thing I own is my body, and it will do whatever I say, even if the wisest decision is to do the opposite.”
Jen Sookfong Lee, The End of East

“Shew Lin talks loudly, moves with hurricane-like energy. Everything she does is meant to be noticed and the center of attention.”
Jen Sookfong Lee, The End of East

“One week later, he lies in the hospital room, his breath moving deliberately in and out of his body. He feels as if he has been in this small room forever, that his home life is a blurry dream he cannot really remember. He moves his feet in circles, first the left, then the right. Their swelling has not stopped., and he knows that soon he will be unable to move them at all.”
Jen Sookfong Lee, The End of East

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