Edinburgh by Alexander CheeEdinburgh by Alexander Chee


byAlexander Chee, Jin Auh

Paperback | November 1, 2016

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Twelve-year-old Fee is a shy Korean American boy with a powerful voice that wins him a place as section leader of the first sopranos in his local boys' choir. But when Fee learns how the director treats his section leaders, he is so ashamed that he says nothing of the abuse, not even when Peter, his best friend, is in line to be next. The director is eventually arrested, and Fee tries to forgive himself for his silence. But when Peter takes his own life, Fee blames only himself. In the years that follow he slowly builds a new life, finally settling into a job at a school near his hometown. There he meets a young student, Arden, who, to his shock, is the picture of Peter-and the son of his old choir director. Told with "the force of a dream and the heft of a life," Edinburgh is a haunting debut novel that marked Chee "as a major talent whose career will bear watching" ( Publishers Weekly ).
ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night . He is the recipient of a Whiting Award and an NEA fellowship in fiction. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, and on NPR, among others, and he is a contributing editor at the New Republic.  
Title:EdinburghFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.62 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544916123

ISBN - 13:9780544916128

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Edinburgh by Alexander Chee This book has so much necessary sadness. Fee undergoes awful trauma, and Chee writes about it in a poetic way without romanticizing Fee's hardship. Chee's prose showcases his cultural sensitivity and his penchant for the finer nuances of language. He releases Fee's waves of sadness onto us in a way we can comprehend, even if Fee cannot. We need more books like this: books that depict ugly, despairing truths, so we can see them for what they are and work to prevent them.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different, but met expectations One gaping flaw: No quotation marks used. This is fine, if you don't mind. However the 1st person narrative was hard to follow at times because it was hard to differentiate story vs. thought vs, speech. Story proved to be raw, unapologetic, and real. It was graphic at points, but was used to further the narrative. I would recommend, especially to other members of the Gay Community.
Date published: 2017-01-31

Editorial Reviews

Haunting . . .complex . . . sophisticated . . . [Chee] says volumes with just a few incendiary words." - New York Times "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." - Washington Post "Lyrical . . . arresting . . . compelling . . . Edinburgh is beautifully imagined and executed . . . Profound and poetic . . . Chee's is a voice worth listening to." - San Francisco Chronicle " Edinburgh has the force of a dream and the heft of a life. And Alexander Chee is a brilliant new writer." -Annie Dillard "Alexander Chee gets my vote for the best new novelist I've read in some time. Edinburgh is moody, dramatic-and pure." -Edmund White "Few coming-of-age novels truly stir one's emotions or lead readers to consider the trauma of their own lives. Edinburgh does both." - Newsday "