AÂ New York TimesÂ Notable Book * Named a Best Book of the Year byÂ Vogue,Â TIME, andÂ Marie Claireâ€œA manifesto to happinessâ€”the one found when you stop running from who you are.â€ â€“New York Times Book Reviewâ€œAn extraordinary book, acrobatic on the level of the sentence, symphonic across its many movementsâ€”and this is a book thatÂ movesâ€¦My Year AbroadÂ is a wild rideâ€”a caper, a romance, a bildungsroman, and something of a satire of how to get filthy rich in rising Asia.â€Â â€“Â VogueFrom the award-winning author ofÂ Native SpeakerÂ andÂ On Such a Full Sea, an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure â€“ and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.Â Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protÃ©gÃ©, and pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself.Â Â In the breathtaking, â€œprecise, elliptical proseâ€ that Chang-rae Lee is known for (TheÂ New York Times), the narrative alternates between Tillerâ€™s outlandish, mind-boggling year with Pong and the strange, riveting, emotionally complex domestic life that follows it, as Tiller processes what happened to him abroad and what it means for his future. Rich with commentary on Western attitudes, Eastern stereotypes, capitalism, global trade, mental health, parenthood, mentorship, and more,Â My Year AbroadÂ is also an exploration of the surprising effects of cultural immersionâ€”on a young American in Asia, on a Chinese man in America, and on an unlikely couple hiding out in the suburbs. Tinged at once with humor and darkness, electric with its accumulating surprises and suspense,Â My Year AbroadÂ is a novel that only Chang-rae Lee could have written, and one that will be read and discussed for years to come.