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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Catherine Chung  

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Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Evanston, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Chung was born in Evanston and graduated from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Catherine Chung has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Granta New Voice, and a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and worked at a think tank in Santa Monica before receiving her MFA from Cornell University. She has published work in The New York Times and Granta, and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. She lives in New York City.


-- Best Book of 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle, Booklist, and Bookpage, Forgotten Country
-- Starred Reviews - Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist , Forgotten Country
-- Honorable Mention - PEN/Hemingway Award , Forgotten Country
-- Starred Review - Publishers Weekly and Kirkus , The Tenth Muse

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Forgotten Country
ISBN: 9781594486524. OCLC Number: 845516972

Riverhead Books. .

Learning on the night of her sister's birth that a daughter has been lost in every generation of her Korean family, Janie assumes a protective role over her sister while learning more cautionary stories from her optimistic father and mythology-minded mother.

The Tenth Muse
ISBN: 9780062574060. OCLC Number: 1104210710

Ecco. .

Determined to conquer the Riemann hypothesis despite cultural discrimination against women intellectuals, a genius mathematician uncovers a mysterious theorem's unexpected World War II link to her family.