Susan Choi (born 1969) is an American novelist. Choi was born in South Bend, Indiana to a Korean father and the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants. When she was nine years old, her parents divorced. She and her mother moved to Houston, Texas. Choi earned a B.A. in Literature from Yale University (1990) and an M.F.A. from Cornell University.
After receiving her graduate degree, she worked for The New Yorker as a fact checker.
Choi won the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and was a finalist of the Discover Great New Writers Award at Barnes & Noble for her first novel, The Foreign Student. In 2010, she won the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award.
With David Remnick, she edited an anthology of short fiction entitled Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Choi's second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her newest novel is A Person of Interest, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009.
Choi lives in Brooklyn, New York City with her husband Pete Wells, the editor of the dining section of The New York Times, and their two sons, Dexter and Elliot.