A Gesture Life – Lee, Chang-Rae

A Gesture Life – Lee, Chang-Rae

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ISBN: 1573221465
Title: A Gesture Life
Author: Lee, Chang-Rae
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Riverhead, New York
Publication Date: 1999
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: F
D-j Condition: NF

Comments: Back of d-j has very negligible shelf wear.

Synopsis:
The splendid new novel from the author of Native Speaker.

His remarkable debut novel was called “rapturous” (The New York Times Book Review), “revelatory” (Vogue), and “wholly innovative” (Kirkus Reviews). It was the recipient of six major awards, including the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN award. Now Chang-rae Lee has written a powerful and beautifully crafted second novel that leaves no doubt about the extraordinary depth and range of his talent.

A Gesture Life is the story of a proper man, an upstanding citizen who has come to epitomize the decorous values of his New York suburban town. Courteous, honest, hardworking, and impenetrable, Franklin Hata, a Japanese man of Korean birth, is careful never to overstep his boundaries and to make his neighbors comfortable in his presence. Yet as his story unfolds, precipitated by the small events surrounding him, we see his life begin to unravel. Gradually we learn the mystery that has shaped the core of his being: his terrible, forbidden love for a young Korean Comfort Woman when he served as a medic in the Japanese army during World War II.

In A Gesture Life, Chang-rae Lee leads us with dazzling control through a taut, suspenseful story about love, family, and community–and the secrets we harbor. As in Native Speaker, he writes of the ways outsiders conform in order to survive and the price they pay for doing so. It is a haunting, breathtaking display of talent by an acclaimed young author.

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ISBN: 1573221465
Title: A Gesture Life
Author: Lee, Chang-Rae
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Riverhead, New York
Publication Date: 1999
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: F
D-j Condition: NF

Comments: Back of d-j has very negligible shelf wear.

Synopsis:
The splendid new novel from the author of Native Speaker.

His remarkable debut novel was called “rapturous” (The New York Times Book Review), “revelatory” (Vogue), and “wholly innovative” (Kirkus Reviews). It was the recipient of six major awards, including the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN award. Now Chang-rae Lee has written a powerful and beautifully crafted second novel that leaves no doubt about the extraordinary depth and range of his talent.

A Gesture Life is the story of a proper man, an upstanding citizen who has come to epitomize the decorous values of his New York suburban town. Courteous, honest, hardworking, and impenetrable, Franklin Hata, a Japanese man of Korean birth, is careful never to overstep his boundaries and to make his neighbors comfortable in his presence. Yet as his story unfolds, precipitated by the small events surrounding him, we see his life begin to unravel. Gradually we learn the mystery that has shaped the core of his being: his terrible, forbidden love for a young Korean Comfort Woman when he served as a medic in the Japanese army during World War II.

In A Gesture Life, Chang-rae Lee leads us with dazzling control through a taut, suspenseful story about love, family, and community–and the secrets we harbor. As in Native Speaker, he writes of the ways outsiders conform in order to survive and the price they pay for doing so. It is a haunting, breathtaking display of talent by an acclaimed young author.

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pa_author

Chang-Rae Lee

pa_binding

Hardcover

pa_condition

F

pa_edition

First Edition

pa_isbn

1573221465

pa_publicationdate

1999

pa_publisher

Riverhead, New York

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