A. Manette Ansay, author of Vinegar Hill and Blue Water
Everything Asian is a tender, funny, beautifully written novel-in-stories, each a sparkling step in the coming-of-age journey of a boy straddling two cultures with remarkable humor and grace. First-time author Sung J. Woo has created both lasting characters and a timeless portrait of a community.
Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh
Funny, smart, and affecting, Everything Asian takes on the heartbreak of being the less than ideal Korean American immigrant with a laugh. I was won over right away. Sung J. Woo shows himself to be an astute satirist in this debut novel, with this story of a young man trying to live up to his ideals for himself first before he makes anyone else happy with who or what he is.
Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires
Everything Asian is a wonderful debut novel about the birth and growing pains of today’s new Americans. Woo’s marvelous characters embody truth, tenderness and yearning.
Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening and Breakable You
In this lovely first novel, Sung Woo explores the sweetness and pain of family life, the awkward glory of growing up. Everything Asian glows with delicacy, compassion, and wit.
Stewart O’Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster and Songs for the Missing
In its clear-eyed take on family and community, Everything Asian is Everything American. The proprietors of this roadside New Jersey shopper’s village are by turns dreamy and despairing as their fortunes—like the local economy—change. Sung J. Woo has crafted a debut rich in character and event.
Chuck Wachtel, author of The Gates and Because We Are Here
Wise, unsparing, poignant, devastating, funny: few writers, new or otherwise, attempt to achieve what this remarkable novel does. In a varied, compelling constellation of chapters, in a voice possessed of a grace that can make the complex simple, its central character witnesses the unsolveable mystery of his own life in the concentric circles of people that surround him, beginning with family and community and extending to something universal.