In the heat of September, and the heady rush of starting her graduate degree, Regina Gottlieb is entranced by her seductive, controversial English professor, Nicholas Brodeur. Against all advice, she becomes embroiled in his world, only to betray him in a passionate love affair with the person closest to him. Their romance destroys the equilibrium of all those around them, and threatens to capsize their lives, as Regina and her lover struggle to bridge the gap between duty and desire, obsession and self-preservation. Only years later, when Regina - by now a married mother and bestselling novelist living in Brooklyn - crosses paths again with Nicholas, do we see the full impact of her first, devastating love. My Education is a classic coming-of-age novel with a delicious twist - one of the most intoxicating stories of erotic obsession fused with literary style to emerge in a long time.
" A cogent, passionate, and surprising story ... populated with remarkable but utterly believable characters. Amazing" - Michael Cunningham "A raw, wild, hurtling foray into the tangled realms of sexuality and self-knowledge" - Jennifer Egan Further Praise for Susan Choi: "A tour de force - universal and raw and irresistibly sympathetic. One of the most remarkable novels to have emerged from our age of terror." - The Washington Post
SUSAN CHOI's first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 2004 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2010 she received the PEN/W.G. Sebald award. She teaches at Princeton.