"Lee has outdone himself here. His prose moves and sparkles." —Washington Post
Wrack and Ruin is a rollicking comedy that’s seriously smart. When Lyndon Song’s estranged brother, Woody, shows up in northern California with a kung fu diva on his arm and a scheme to convert Lyndon’s coastal farmland into a golf course resort, Lyndon knows that his bucolic life as an artist-turned–Brussels sprouts farmer will never be the same again. Category-busting, award-winning novelist Don Lee surfs the tricky waters of identity, art, fame, and family in this brilliant, fast-paced comedy.
About the Author
Don Lee is the author of the novels The Collective, Wrack and Ruin, and Country of Origin, and the story collection Yellow. He has received an American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, an O. Henry Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Temple University and splits his time between Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Playful and lighthearted, Wrack and Ruin has an accidental elegance that is un-self-conscious and refreshing.
— Lisa Dierbeck
Entertaining…a darn good story.
A modern day, multicultural, environmental, and existential farce…wildly colorful and articulate…an interesting and humorous cross-section of life in a small town with big personalities.
— Erin Connor
The author of Yellow (2001) and Country of Origin (2004) delivers another warmly humorous take on identity in this entertaining novel…a highly appealing novel that swerves ever so gracefully from rollicking humor to poignant moments of reflection.
Wrack and Ruin is a spectacular romp, one of those rare novels whose goofiness is matched by its gravitas. Don Lee is a master of the tightly woven plot; this book is nearly impossible put down, though at times you may have to pause out of sheer hilarity.
— Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
Wrack and Ruin is magnificent: bold, beautiful, heartfelt, witty, broad of scope, and yet as intimate as love given, or love received.
— Junot Diaz