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All You Can Ever Know

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Original Language: English (US) | tbc | October 2018

 

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, French, and Nordic Rights

Rights sold: Audio (Recorded Books, at auction)

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This book moved me to my very core. . . . [it] should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family—which is to say, everyone.” — Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family— and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

Nicole Chung has written for The New York Times, GQ, Longreads, BuzzFeed, Hazlitt, and Shondaland, among other publications. She is Catapult magazine’s editor in chief and the former managing editor of The Toast. All You Can Ever Know is her first book.