A Gesture Life

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.

A Gesture Life

The second novel from the critically acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Chang-rae Lee. 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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A Gesture Life
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Chang-rae Lee
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-10-01 - Publisher: Penguin

The second novel from the critically acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Chang-rae Lee. 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
The Enigma of Good and Evil: The Moral Sentiment in Literature
Language: en
Pages: 880
Authors: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-08-27 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Striking toward peace and harmony the human being is ceasely torn apart in personal, social, national life by wars, feuds, inequities and intimate personal conflicts for which there seems to be no respite. Does the human condition in interaction with others imply a constant adversity? Or, is this conflict owing
Asian American Short Story Writers
Language: en
Pages: 359
Authors: Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

Looks a the life and works of forty-nine Asian American short story writers.
Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel
Categories: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-22 - Publisher: Infobase Learning

Presents a reference on Asian-American literature providing profiles of Asian-American writers and their works.
The Comfort Women
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: C. Sarah Soh
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05-15 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In an era marked by atrocities perpetrated on a grand scale, the tragedy of the so-called comfort women—mostly Korean women forced into prostitution by the Japanese army—endures as one of the darkest events of World War II. These women have usually been labeled victims of a war crime, a simplistic