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Jen Sookfong Lee

Photo: Sherri Koop Photography 2007

Jen Sookfong Lee’s first novel, The End of East (Knopf Canada, New Face of Fiction 2007), spans almost the entire 20th century and delves into the underside of Chinese Canadian history through the eyes of the Chan family. The National Post calls The End of East “impressive, both in terms of its accomplished prose and its ambitious three-generational scope.” And The Calgary Herald notes that "Jen Sookfong Lee is aware, it would seem, of the dark side of mythmaking, its distorting and even parasitic price. It's one of many things that make her a novelist to watch." Born and raised in East Vancouver, Jen always knew she would be a writer despite her father’s observation that she should become a lawyer because “she likes to talk back” and her mother’s lingering disappointment that none of her bookish daughters entered the Miss Chinese Vancouver beauty pageant. Jen, who edits two online magazines, Schema and Wet Ink, now lives with her husband and dog in a grey townhouse near the Fraser River. To find out more, visit

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The End of East. Knopf Canada, 2007
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