Native Speaker: Penguin drop Caps

Author(s): Chang-rae Lee

Fiction - Classics

The stylish tale of adapting to American life, beautifully repackaged with a stunning L for Lee on the cover. It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet for each author's surname. L is for Lee and his story of a Korean American, Henry Park, who having been left by his wife, finds himself forever uncertain of his place in the world, caught between two worlds, feeling he has betrayed his culture.


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Winner of the 2012 Fifty Books/Fifty Covers show, organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books

Praise for Penguin Drop Caps:

"Vibrant, minimalist new typographic covers.... Bonus points for the heartening gender balance of the initial selections."
--Maria Popova, "Brain Pickings"

"The Penguin Drop Caps series is a great example of the power of design. Why buy these particular classics when there are less expensive, even free editions of "Great Expectations"? Because they're beautiful objects. Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische's fresh approach to the literary classics reduces the design down to typography and color. Each cover is foil-stamped with a cleverly illustrated letterform that reveals an element of the story. Jane Austen's A ("Pride and Prejudice") is formed by opulent peacock feathers and Charlotte Bronte's B ("Jane Eyre") is surrounded by flames. The complete set forms a rainbow spectrum prettier than anything else on your bookshelf."
--Rex Bonomelli, "The New York Times"


"Classic reads in stunning covers--your book club will be dying."

Chang-Rae Lee is the author of "A Gesture Life," "Native Speakers," "Aloft" and "The Surrendered." He won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, among other honors, for his novel "Native Speaker," and was selected by the "New Yorker" as one of the twenty best American writers under forty. His novels have also won Asian American Literary Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and other awards. "The Surrendered "was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a "Forbes Magazine" "30 under 30" in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of "Print Magazine"'s "New Visual Artists." She has designed for Wes Anderson, "McSweeney's," Tiffany & Co, Penguin Books and many others. She resides primarily in San Francisco, occasionally in Brooklyn.

General Fields

  • : 9780143124306
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Penguin USA
  • : May 2013
  • : 235mm X 159mm X 30mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jessica Hische
  • : 813.54
  • : 384
  • : Chang-rae Lee
  • : Hardback
  • : B