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A gesture life / Chang-rae Lee.

By: Lee, Chang-rae.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1999Description: 356 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 1573221465 (acidfree paper).Subject(s): Japanese Americans -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Fiction | Koreans -- Japan -- Fiction | New York (State) -- Fiction | Psychic trauma -- Fiction | Comfort women -- Fiction | Adoptees -- Fiction | Retirees -- FictionSummary: The secret life of a Japanese-American pharmacist in a small town in New York. On the surface a model of propriety and serenity, he is torn by memories of his service in the Japanese army in World War II and the comfort woman he loved and could not save. By the author of Native Speaker.
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The secret life of a Japanese-American pharmacist in a small town in New York. On the surface a model of propriety and serenity, he is torn by memories of his service in the Japanese army in World War II and the comfort woman he loved and could not save. By the author of Native Speaker.

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Lee's second novel, after the award-winning Native Speaker, leaves little doubt about the depth of his talent. It is the story of Franklin Hata, a Japanese man of Korean birth and a 30-year resident of the respectable and traditional New York hamlet of Bedley Run. Doc Hata is recently retired and plagued by real estate agents asking if he would consider putting his house on the market. He has enjoyed success as a businessman and a neighbor in his community, but his carefully constructed fa‡ade of politeness and prosperity mask a dark and secretive past. A random series of events, including the return of his estranged adopted daughter and her young son, cause Hata to reexamine his past while trying to keep his current life from unraveling. A Gesture Life is a suspenseful and emotional narrative, complemented by Lee's striking and luminous use of language. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/99.]ÄDianna Moeller, OCLC/WLN Pacific Northwest Svc. Ctr., Lacey, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Chang-Rae Lee was born in Korea and moved to the United States when he was a small child. He later attended Yale University and is currently a professor at the University of Oregon. <p> Lee became the first Korean-American novelist to be published by notable American press with his novel, Native Speaker. The novel was awarded the Heminway Foundation PEN Award. In 2014, he made The New York Times Best Seller List for his title On Such a Full Sea. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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