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Press for Sea Change

News and Reviews

2023 B&N Discover Pick of April

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

​An APALA Adult Fiction Honor Book

A Best Debut Book of 2023 —Debutiful

The Sweetest Way to Celebrate a Book Is by Putting It on a Cake —Eater

One of 22 Works of Fiction to Read This Spring The New York Times

8 Books to Read This Spring —The Today Show

A Best Book of 2023 (B&N, Electric LiteratureDebutifulStyleCaster)


One of the Best Books of Spring 2023 —Entertainment Weekly

A Spring 2023 Book Pick, and a Best Book Out This Week  Buzzfeed

A Most Anticipated Book of 2023 (Literary Hub, The MillionsDebutifulZibby Mag,

and Orion Magazine)


One of the 105 Buzziest Debut Novels of 2023Readers' Most Anticipated Book of MarchMost Popular Debut Novels So Far This Year, 7 New Books Recommended by Readers, 
99 Upcoming Books the Goodreads Editors Can't Wait to Read Goodreads

17 of Our Favorite Books Coming Out This Summer —The Skimm

12 Summer Reads Starring New Jersey —NJ Monthly

What to Read this Summer - 2023 —Stanford Magazine

One of 16 Can't-Miss Debut Books of March —Debutiful


One of 62 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2023 —Electric Literature


One of the Most Anticipated Feminist Books of 2023 —Ms. Magazine

Picador swoops for Chung's 'enchanting' debut novel and story collection —The Bookseller

"Sea Change is a standout of the 2023 debut class. It will pull you in from the first page and not let go as you traverse through a sea of originality. It’s filled with stunning and scrumptious prose." 

—Adam Vitcavage, Debutiful

“This stellar debut novel opens on a horny octopus. I feel like this blurb could end there, because you’re probably sold, but I’ll keep going. . . . Gina Chung writes about the marvels of marine life with such intense care and beauty. . . . Sea Change is sure to make a splash! (Sorry.) Get ready to dive in!”
—Katie Yee, Lit Hub


"Trust us: This unique, smart, emotionally rich book is a must-read."

The Skimm


"Delightful and slightly off-kilter . . . This off-beat tale has heart."
Publishers Weekly


"Charmingly offbeat. . . emotionally involving" 

Shelf Awareness

"Compelling and surreal. . . a disarmingly moving study of grief, healing, and intergenerational trauma." 


"Heartfelt. . . With great tenderness, Chung explores the themes of family and belonging, the people who come in and out of our lives, the ones who leave, and the ones who stay."

New City Lit

"Sea Change turns the Asian American family drama on its head. . . . It posits that the heart of healing often lies in the friendships we choose to cultivate and the relationships we choose to preserve." 

Washington Square Review

"Awash in effective and moving storytelling. . . Fiction in which young adult characters recognize the full humanity of their parents --- their intricacies and flaws --- is nothing new, but Chung addresses these issues with unusual perception and care."

Book Reporter

"Sea Change is one of those special books that captures extremely important themes at a time when we all might need it most." 
Soapberry Review

"Emotionally rich and propulsive. . . In following Ro’s growing pains, we also come away with a clearer, more optimistic perspective of our sense of community and place in the world."

 The Georgia Review

"Sea Change is an immersive and unforgettable debut, that melts the cockles of your heart."

The Masters Review



Literary Hub:
Why Learning About Other Animals Makes Us Better Writers


Foyles - Further Reading: On Change, Loss, and the Power of the Sea

Largehearted Boy: Gina Chung’s Playlist for Her Novel “Sea Change"


First: Gina Chung's Sea Change (Poets & Writers Magazine)

Gina Chung on Sea Change (Poured Over: The B&N Podcast)

Gina Chung on Debut Novel Sea Change (Advocate Now)

In ‘Sea Change,’ Gina Chung’s Protagonist Has to Sink to Swim (Shondaland)

"Losing My Octopus Best Friend is the Final Straw" (Electric Literature)

The Presence in Absences: An Interview with Gina Chung (The Rumpus)


"In ‘Sea Change,’ a Korean-American woman reckons with immigrant trauma" (The 19th)


Gina Chung Interviewed by Jen Lue (BOMB)

Lit Hub Asks: 5 Writers 7 Questions No Wrong Answers (Literary Hub)

Writer Gina Chung on Staying Inspired (The Creative Independent)

Embracing the Unknown (Bookanista)

Gina Chung: On Millennial Novels, MFAs, The Importance of Asking Questions, and Her Debut Novel ‘Sea Change’ (Write or Die Magazine)

Taking Care: Gina Chung on Fostering a Long-Haul Creative Practice (Thresholds Podcast)

Gina Chung - Sea Change (Debutiful Podcast)

Gina Chung's Sea Change (Little Atoms Podcast)

A Novel Evening with Gina Chung (A Novel Evening Podcast)

Gina Chung Joins Angie to Talk About Sea Change (Lit Up Podcast)

Gina Chung on 'Sea Change'  (Chapter and Verse)

Gina Chung - Author of Sea Change (The Infatu Asian Podcast)

Gina Chung | Debut Author of Sea Change (The MFA Writers Podcast)

Gina Chung, Author of Sea Change (Overeducated Women with Cats -- Interview and May Book Pick)


Floating Along in Gina Chung’s “Sea Change” (Mochi Magazine)


On Writing through Grief and Finding Joy with Gina Chung (Lunch Ticket)

The PEN TEN: An Interview with Gina Chung (PEN America)

A Conversation with Gina Chung (Atticus Review)

An Interview with MFA '21 Gina Chung and an Excerpt from Sea Change (LIT Magazine)

'Nothing is Ever Really Lost': A Deep Dive Into Grief, Love, and Writing
with Debut Author Gina Chung


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