Chang-rae Lee is the author of the four novels: Native Speaker (1995), A Gesture Life (1999), Aloft (2004), and The Surrendered, which was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His novels have won numerous awards and citations, including the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, ALA Notable Book of the Year Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction. He has also has also written stories and articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time (Asia), Granta, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and many other publications.
Chang-rae Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale, and the University of Oregon.