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Leonard Chang is a Korean American writer of short stories and novels.

His short stories have appeared in a variety of literary journals including The Crescent Review, The Literary Review, and Prairie Schooner. His first novel was The Fruit 'N Food (1996), winner of the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction, a story about a loner who finds employment in a New York grocery; major themes involve race relations and violence. His other novels include Dispatches from the Cold (1998), and Over The Shoulder (2001), a mystery/noir, the first in a trilogy about his Korean American private-eye protagonist, Allen Choice. Other novels in that trilogy are: Underkill (2003) and Fade To Clear (2004).

Chang's work is unusual in the canon of Asian American literature because of the level of assimilation many of his Korean American characters have achieved. His characters tend to be second generation Americans, often with few ties to their ethnic origins. His later works deal less with race relations than with character-driven issues, such as with Allen Choice, whose name ("Choice" changed from the Korean "Choi" by his father) denotes the shift in ethnic identity and themes.

Chang's experiments in crime fiction is related to this shift, since the stories revolve around solving a mystery or crime, and despite the fact that the protagonist is Korean American, the debt here is more to crime and noir writers like Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Ross Macdonald.

Chang's work is constantly maturing and developing, and what seems to differentiate his work from others of his generation is his singular focus on detailing the Korean American experience as distinctly American. His latest novel, entitled Crossings, published in 2009, brings together many of the themes and issues of his previous work, and centers around a love story between recent Korean immigrants, while tackling the harsh circumstances of illegal immigration and human trafficking.

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Total Books: 12
The Lockpicker
2017 - The Lockpicker (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781936364183
ISBN-10: 1936364182
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Asian Pulp
2015 - Asian Pulp (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781514752180
ISBN-10: 1514752182
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

2009 - Crossings (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780930773922
ISBN-10: 0930773926
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Dispatches from the Cold
2009 - Dispatches From the Cold (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780930773939
ISBN-10: 0930773934
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Fruit 'n Food
2006 - The Fruit 'n Food (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780930773793
ISBN-10: 0930773799
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Fade to Clear  An Allen Choice Novel
2004 - Fade to Clear an Allen Choice Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312308452
ISBN-10: 0312308450
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Substores
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

Underkill An Allen Choice Novel
2003 - Underkill an Allen Choice Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312308438
ISBN-10: 0312308434
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Pour rien ou presque
2002 - Pour Rien Ou Presque (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782020511841
ISBN-10: 2020511843

Over the Shoulder A Novel of Intrigue
2001 - Over the Shoulder a Novel of Intrigue (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780060198398
ISBN-10: 0060198397
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Dispatches from the Cold
1998 - Dispatches From the Cold (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780930773496
ISBN-10: 0930773497
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The Fruit 'N Food A Novel
1996 - The Fruit 'n Food a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780930773458
ISBN-10: 0930773454
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Brule [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782020813341
ISBN-10: 2020813343