write what you know

Sung J. Woo has a really great piece in the New York Times on growing up as a Korean immigrant kid, fresh off the plane with no knowledge of English, with his family in Manasquan, New Jersey: A Mom and Pop Store, and Then Some.

Woo's first novel, Everything Asian, published last month by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, is about a young Korean immigrant and his family as they adjust to life in suburban New Jersey. If you couldn't figure it out, the story is semi-autobiographical. As they say, write what you know.

I have to honest, I've had a copy of this book for months now, but just haven't found the time to read it. But the first few chapters I've gotten through are great, and set the stage for a really great read. I'm looking forward to finally digging in when I get the chance. For more info on the book, visit Sung J. Woo's website here.

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