Catherine Chung is the author of The Tenth Muse and Forgotten Country, for which she won an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She 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, and was the recipient of a Dorthy Sargent Rosenberg Prize in poetry. 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.
In Forgotten Country, Catherine Chung tells an inexpressibly beautiful story about a Korean family with a complex history...The story builds quietly, meticulously, and Chung does a masterful job of weaving the past with the present, incorporating mythology and memory in ways that both captivate and haunt - Roxane Gay, praise for Forgotten CountryA richly emotional portrait of a family that had me spellbound from page one - Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild, praise for Forgotten CountryPoetically crafted, shimmering with hard-won emotion, and wholly absorbing. A superb performance - Chang-rae Lee, praise for Forgotten CountryA moving and deeply personal story of a family caught between two very different countries and very different lives - Alison Lurie, praise for Forgotten Country[An]...unflinchingly honest examination of grief, anger, familial obligation, and love - The New Yorker, praise for Forgotten CountryIn her gorgeous debut, Chung offers a heartbreaking story about sisters, family, and keeping traditions alive - People magazine, praise for Forgotten CountryChung indelibly portays a Korea viciously divided, but ever bound to history, myth, and hope - O, The Oprah Magazine, praise for Forgotten Country