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The Dissident

book | Fiction | Sep 2006
US & Canada → Ecco Press (Ed. Dan Halpern)
From the PEN/Malamud Award-winning author of Lucky Girls comes an intricately woven novel about secrets, love, art, identity, and the shining chaos of every day American life.

Yuan Zhao, a celebrated Chinese performance artist and political dissident, has accepted a one-year artist's residency in Los Angeles. He is to be a Visiting Scholar at the St. Anselm's School for Girls, teaching advanced art, and hosted by one of the school's most devoted families: the wealthy if dysfunctional Traverses. The Traverses are too preoccupied with their own problems to pay their foreign guest too much attention, and the dissident is delighted to be left alone - his past links with radical movements give him good reason to avoid careful scrutiny.

The trouble starts when he and his American hosts begin to view one another with clearer eyes.

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Reviews

Freudenberger fulfills the promise of her 2003 collection of short stories, Lucky Girls, in her expansive first novel.
Publisher's Weekly

Freudenberger demonstrates great talent for capturing the subtleties of cross-cultural and intergenerational relationships...
The New Yorker

An impressive novel...lucid, unpretentious, and often witty. Freudenberger is the real thing.
Boston Globe

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