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Don Lee

Don Lee is the author of the novels Lonesome Lies Before Us (Norton, 2017), The Collective (Norton, 2012), Wrack and Ruin (Norton, 2008), and Country of Origin (Norton, 2004), and of the story collection Yellow (Norton, 2001). He has received an American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Temple University.


Illustration by Chad Wys

The Partition

Summer 2020 | Fiction

Mainly, she wanted to be left alone. She didn’t want a husband or a wife or a partner or a lover, she didn’t want a companion or a pet or friends, she didn’t want to be closer to her parents or siblings or relatives. She enjoyed her solitude, relished it. She had plenty to occupy herself—her work, her house and garden, her hobbies. She was not at all lonely. She was thoroughly happy, being alone.

This perplexed people.