Susan Choi (born 1969) is an American novelist. Choi was born in South Bend, Indiana to a Korean father and a Jewish mother. When she was nine years old, her parents divorced. She and her mother moved to Houston, Texas. Choi earned a B.A. in Literature from Yale University (1990) and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.[1]

After receiving her graduate degree, she worked for The New Yorker as a fact checker, during this job she met her husband, the New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells.[2]

Choi won the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and was a finalist of the Discover Great New Writers Award at Barnes & Noble for her first novel, The Foreign Student. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her historical fiction novel, American Woman. In 2010, she won the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award.[3]

With David Remnick, she edited an anthology of short fiction entitled Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Choi's second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her novel A Person of Interest was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009. Her latest novel is My Education.

Awards and grants

  • Asian American Literary Award for Fiction for The Foreign Student
  • Steven Turner Award for The Foreign Student
  • Barnes & Noble Discover Award finalist for The Foreign Student
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient (2001)
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist 2004 for American Woman
  • New York Public Library Young Lions Award finalist 2004 for American Woman
  • Guggenheim Fellow (2004).
  • PEN/W.G. Sebald Award (2010)
  • Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction for My Education (2014)[4]



  1. ^ Choi, Susan (2004). American Woman. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc. pp. About the Author. 
  2. ^ Parker, Ian (12 September 2016). "Knives Out: Pete Wells, the Times' Restaurant Critic, wants to have fun -- or else". The New Yorker (p. 46-55).  |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ PEN American Center Names Award Winners
  4. ^ "Looking for summer reading? Lambda Literary Awards rain down a host of choices". Times-Picayune, June 3, 2014.