Susan Choi

Literary Birthday – 28 January – Susan Choi

Happy Birthday, Susan Choi, born 28 January 1969.


  1. I stopped writing short fiction early on – I was never really good at it, and I never liked the results. So I stopped trying to fit the material I was working with into these tidy little short fiction packages.
  2. I start with characters, and then I start writing, and then, if I’m lucky, things start to happen.
  3. Thoughts are often false. A feeling’s always real. Not true, just real.
  4. At the moment, I think we each genuinely believed ourselves to be the protagonist, and the other a naïve and pardonable walk-on whose role might even have a tragic end.
  5. We are ghosts of ourselves, and of others, and all of these ghosts appear perfectly real.

Susan Choi is an American novelist. She is the author of The Foreign Student, American Woman, A Person of Interest, My Education, and Trust Exercise. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her first book for children is Camp Tiger. She teaches fiction writing at Yale.

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Posted on: 27th January 2020