The daughter of a Korean immigrant father and a Russian-Jewish mother, Susan Choi was born in Indiana and raised in Texas. Her father's stories of life in Korea and of his experiences as a newly arrived immigrant in the American South would later inspire her own stories and her first novel, The Foreign Student, which was chosen by Richard Eder of the Los Angeles Times as one of the Top Ten Books of 1998, and which won the Steven Turner Award for best first work of fiction in 1999. The recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a fellowship to the Fine Arts Center in Province-town, Choi makes her home in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Yale University, where she majored in literature, and went on to earn an M.F.A. in fiction at Cornell University. A former fact-checker at the New Yorker, a teacher as well as a writer, her short fiction has appeared in journals including the Iowa Review and Epoch magazine.
Susan Choi published several short stories in literary journals prior to her first novel, The Foreign Student. Through a couple of her short stories, “The Runner” and “Memorywork, ” both published in Iowa Review, Choi offers a glimpse of the marriage of her parents. The narrator does not inform that it is an interracial marriage, but the reader can tell that at least the father in “The Runner” is an immigrant whose voice has “his accent and his failed conjugation” (128). “The Runner” is about an immigrant father (who left his daughter for a decade after a divorce) and his renewed relationship with his