Catherine Chung was born in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. She studied mathematics at the University of Chicago and received her MFA from Cornell. She is one of Granta's New Voices, and lives in New York City.
In Forgotten Country, Catherine Chung tells an inexpressibly beautiful story about a Korean family with a complex history...The story builds quietly, meticulously, and Chung does a masterful job of weaving the past with the present, incorporating mythology and memory in ways that both captivate and haunt - Roxane Gay, praise for Forgotten CountryA richly emotional portrait of a family that had me spellbound from page one - Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild, praise for Forgotten CountryPoetically crafted, shimmering with hard-won emotion, and wholly absorbing. A superb performance - Chang-rae Lee, praise for Forgotten CountryA moving and deeply personal story of a family caught between two very different countries and very different lives - Alison Lurie, praise for Forgotten Country[An]...unflinchingly honest examination of grief, anger, familial obligation, and love - The New Yorker, praise for Forgotten CountryIn her gorgeous debut, Chung offers a heartbreaking story about sisters, family, and keeping traditions alive - People magazine, praise for Forgotten CountryChung indelibly portays a Korea viciously divided, but ever bound to history, myth, and hope - O, The Oprah Magazine, praise for Forgotten Country