Sonya Chung Reading her Groundbreaking Novel The Loved Ones, in Conversation with Julia Fierro, Author of Cutting Teeth

Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Sonya Chung’s second novel, The Loved Ones, is an interracial tale of two families, both named Lee. It has been praised for its complexity and surprise, as well as for Chung’s lean and sensual prose. Julia Fierro’s debut novel Cutting Teeth was lauded for its keen-eyed wit and unpretentious warmth, capturing the zeitgeist of 30-something parents.  These two engaging writers will discuss and read from their novels. Reading, talk, q&a, signing.

cover-the-loved-onesIn this masterful novel, Sonya Chung ( her first novel was Long for This World) proves herself a worthy heir to Marguerite Duras, Hwang Sun-won, and James Salter. Spanning generations and divergent cultures, The Loved Ones maps the intimate politics of unlikely attractions, illicit love, and costly reconciliations. Charles Lee, the young African American patriarch of a biracial family, seeks to remedy his fatherless childhood by making an honorable choice when his chance arrives. Years later, uneasy in his marriage, he finds a connection with Hannah Lee, a teenage Korean American whose parents’ transgressive flight from tradition and war has left them shrouded in a cloud of secrets and muted passion.  A shocking death will test every familial bond and force all who are touched by the tragedy to reexamine who their loved ones truly are–the very meaning of the words. Haunting, elliptical, and powerful, The Loved Ones deconstructs the world we think we know and shows us the one we inhabit.  

“Sonya Chung’s prose is elegant, sparse, and heartbreaking in a way that reminds one of Elena Ferrante or Clarice Lispector. .. a complication of the immigrant narrative in a way that is long overdue and necessary. A gorgeous and important second novel.”                          – Nayomi Munaweera, author of What Lies Between Us


Photo by Robin Holland

Sonya Chung is the author of the novel Long for This World. She is a staff writer for the The Millions and founding editor of Bloom, and is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination,  and the Charles Johnson Fiction Award. Sonya’s stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tin House, The Huffington Post, Sonora Review, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, Short: An International Anthology, and BOMB Magazine, among others. She teaches at Skidmore College.

julia-fierroJulia Fierro is the author of the novels The Gypsy Moth Summer (out June 6th, 2017) and Cutting Teeth. Her writing has appeared in The Millions, Buzzfeed, Glamour, Poets & Writers, and other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she founded The Sackett Street Writers Workshop in 2002, a creative home to 3,500 writers in NYC, LA and online. Named “Best Writing Classes” by Time Out NY, and “Best MFA-Alternative” by Poets & Writers, Sackett Street was profiled in The Observer and The Economist