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From the PEN/Malamud Award-winning author of Lucky Girls comes an intricately woven novel about secrets, love, art, identity, and the shining chaos of every day American life.

Yuan Zhao, a celebrated Chinese performance artist and political dissident, has accepted a one-year artist's residency in Los Angeles. He is to be a Visiting Scholar at the St. Anselm's School for Girls, teaching advanced art, and hosted by one of the school's most devoted families: the wealthy if dysfunctional Traverses. The Traverses are too preoccupied with their own problems to pay their foreign guest too much attention, and the dissident is delighted to be left alone—his past links with radical movements give him good reason to avoid careful scrutiny. The trouble starts when he and his American hosts begin to view one another with clearer eyes.

About the Author


Nell Freudenberger is the author of the novels Lost and Wanted, The Newlyweds and The Dissident, and of the story collection Lucky Girls, which won the PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Named one of The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” in 2010, she is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Praise For…


“An impressive novel…lucid, unpretentious, and often witty…Freudenberger is the real thing.”
Boston Globe

“Ambitious debut novel.... Its vivid characters and page-turning plot make it a more than commendable first novel.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Ambitious, entertaining new novel. . .”
— Francince Prose, People Magazine


Product Details
ISBN: 9780060758721
ISBN-10: 0060758724
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: September 4th, 2007
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: P.S.

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