Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Marie Myung-Ok Lee (CNF, Fiction, Non-Fiction) | New York, NY

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Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s New York Times op-ed, “Please Cancel Your Vacation to North Korea” was the NYT’s “most read” for three days straight. Her forthcoming novel, An Unfilial Son, takes on immigration, the future of medicine, and North Korea. She has also been published in The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian (cover story), The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, The Nation, Guernica, The L.A. Times, and she is a staff writer for The Millions.  She also teaches at Columbia University and has been a judge for the National Book Awards, the PEN E.O, Wilson Literary Science Writing Prize, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prizes.


An Unfilial Son (Simon & Schuster, Forthcoming). Novel. Fiction.
Somebody’s Daughter (Beacon Press, 2005). Novel. Fiction.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

for Somebody’s Daughter:

“In this moving portrayal of an adopted girl’s search for her biological mother, Marie Lee gives voice and validation to a segment of the Korean American community that has been overlooked too long and too often. Somebody’s Daughter is a gift for those forgotten, for the thousands of Korean children adopted by white parents, for those who search and yearn for a sense of home and self.”
—Nora Keller, author of Comfort Woman and Fox Girl

Somebody’s Daughter is that rare book, that rare page-turner, the one you cannot put down, the one you will suspend washing the laundry for or cooking breakfast for. It is the novel you will open and read in one urgent breath as you take in the storyteller’s compelling tale of lives felt long after the book’s end as you turn off the light to sleep.”
—Lois-Ann Yamanaka, author of Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers

“In a time when Asian adoptions are more and more commonplace, Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s Somebody’s Daughter hits an important and unique chord: the POV of the adopted child, now grown up and searching for her lost roots. Lee manages to be both comic and frank in this story of one girl’s journey back to Korea, and her lost mother’s own journey toward redemption.”
—Ann Hood, author of The Ornithologist’s Guide to Life

“What a beautifully realized and emotionally rich but subtle novel this is. Lee’s story of one young woman’s search for self in Korea will resonate equally with both adult and young adult readers-a remarkable achievement.”
—Michael Cart, author of Necessary Noise

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