On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae Lee's elegance of prose, his masterly
storytelling, and his long-standing interests in identity, culture, work,
and love, and lifts them to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and
historical territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world
created from scratch. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells
a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way readers
think about the world they live in. In a future, long-declining America,
society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban
neighbourhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labour
colonies. And the members of the labour class-descendants of those brought
over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial
China-find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce
and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the
labour settlement. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who
leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the
man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan's journey to find him takes her
out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime
is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter
village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.

Chang-rae Lee—On Such A Full Sea

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