Edinburgh A Novel

Alexander Chee

Picador

0312305036

9780312305031

Trade Paperback

224 Pages

$17.00

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Lambda Literary Foundation Editor's Choice Award
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Winner of the James Michener/Copernicus Society Fellowship Prize

As a child, Fee is a gifted Korean-American soprano in a boys' choir in Maine. Silent after being abused by the director, he is unable to warn the other boys or protect his best friend, Peter, from the director's advances. Even after the director is imprisoned, Fee continues to believe he is responsible, and while he survives to adulthood, his friends do not. In the years that follow, he struggles to bury his guilt and grief, until he meets a beautiful young student that resembles Peter, and he is forced to confront the demons of his brutal past.

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"A coming-of-age novel in the grand Romantic tradition, where passions run high, Cupid stalks Psyche, and love shares the dance floor with death . . . A lovely, nuanced, never predictable portrait of a creative soul in the throes of becoming."—The Washington Post Book World

"Edinburgh has the force of a dream and the heft of a life. And Alexander Chee is a brilliant new writer."—Annie Dillard

"Lyrical . . . arresting . . . compelling . . . Edinburgh is beautifully imagined and executed . . . Profound and poetic . . . Chee's is a voice worth listening to."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Alexander Chee gets my vote for the best new novelist I've read in some time. Edinburgh is moody, dramatic-and pure."—Edmund White

"Haunting . . . complex . . . sophisticated . . . [Chee] says volumes with just a few incendiary words."—The New York Times Book Review

"Chee describes [Fee's] desperate adolescent moments with heartbreaking clarity and grace . . . Few coming-of-age novels truly stir one's emotions or lead readers to consider the traumas of their own lives. Edinburgh does both."—Newsday

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Alexander Chee's work has appeared in Interview, Big, Out, and in the anthologies Boys Like Us, Loss Within Loss, Men on Men 2000, and His 3. He teaches at the New School.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Alexander Chee

  • Alexander Chee's work has appeared in Interview, Big, Out, and in the anthologies Boys Like Us, Loss Within Loss, Men on Men 2000, and His 3. He lives in New York City
  • Alexander Chee
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