A Person of Interest: A Novel (Paperback)

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A compelling story of a mad bomber, a suspect scientist, and paranoia in the age of terror from the National Book Award-winning author of Trust Exercise and My Education

Professor Lee, an Asian-born mathematician near retirement age would seem the last person to attract the attention of FBI agents. Yet after a colleague becomes the latest victim of a serial bomber, Lee must endure the undermining power of suspicion and face the ghosts of his past.
With its propulsive drive, vividly realized characters, and profound observations about soul and society, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Susan Choi's third novel is as thrilling as it is lyrical, and confirms her place as one of the most important novelists chronicling the American experience. Intricately plotted and psychologically acute, A Person of Interest exposes the fault lines of paranoia and dread that have fractured American life and asks how far one man must go to escape his regrets.

About the Author

Susan Choi is the author of the novels Trust Exercise (winner of the National Book Award), The Foreign StudentAmerican Woman (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), A Person of Interest, and My Education. She has also won the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award and the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. The recipient of NEA and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships, she lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For…

"A tour de force . . . universal and raw and irresistibly sympathetic."
-The Washington Post Book World

"With nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing, she tells the large-canvas story of paranoia in the age of terror and the smaller (but no less important) story of the cost of failed dreams and the damage we do to one another in the name of love."
-Los Angeles Times

"Read A Person of Interest for one of the best reasons to read any fiction: to transcend the limitations of our own lives, to find out what it's like to be someone else, to recognize unmistakable aspects of ourselves staring back at us from the portrait of a stranger."
-Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143115021
ISBN-10: 0143115022
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 27th, 2009
Pages: 368
Language: English