About the Book

What Isn’t There

What Isn’t There

Inside a Season of Change
April 2007
Trade Paperback · 224 Pages
$13.95 U.S. · $17.50 CAN · €9.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781568583464
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What Isn't There is Jocelyn Lieu's own interpretation of what 9/11 meant to her and to New York City. It presents her kaleidoscope of memories of the unforeseen consequences of September 11, when an unprecedented act of violence collided with her day to day life as a mother and a writer. This retelling of the experience of a woman who lived near Ground Zero restores the event back in the realm of lived experience where it belongs.

About the Author

Born a bi-racial Chinese-American in New York, Jocelyn was educated at Yale. She has taught writing and Asian American literature at Purdue, Butler, and Long Island universities and is currently is on the liberal studies faculty of Parsons School of Design/New School University. Her fiction has appeared in the Penguin USA anthology of contemporary Asian-American fiction entitled CHARLIE CHAN IS DEAD. The Children was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and This World, which appeared in the Penguin anthology was singled it out for praise in the New York Times Book Review.