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Catherine Chung

Born: Evanston, Illinois
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Connection to Illinois: Chung was born in Evanston and graduated from the University of Chicago.

Biography: 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Website: http://

Selected Titles

  Forgotten Country
ISBN: 9781594486524 OCLC: 845516972

Riverhead Books 2012

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: 1104210710

Ecco 2019

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.