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Bicycle Days: A Novel
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Plume
Publication date May 1, 1990
Pages 253
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780452264212
ISBN-10 0452264219
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $8.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: When Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of opportunity. For only in Tokyo could an impressionable young man fresh out of college find, in one stroke, a new job, a new family, and a society that lavishes attention on Japanese-speaking gaijin. Yet, even as Alec claims a place in this new world, he is haunted by memories of the one he left behind—a world once infinitely secure but which disintegrated with the breakup of his parents' marriage.

In this incandescently observed novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to one of the most appealing protagonists in contemporary fiction while enchanting them with the keenness of his eye and the aptness of his voice. Through its exquisitely rendered scenes—a fishing trip of Zen-like serenity; a night at a sex club where giggling businessmen dive into the action—and vividly imagined characters—the laughing mother who taught Alec to ride a bicycle; the beautiful sad Japanese woman who teaches him how to love—Bicycle Days surprises, moves, and enlightens us as very few books do.

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from Summit Books (May 1, 1989)
9780671666002 | details & prices | List price $18.95
About: When Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of opportunity.
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from Vintage Books (May 1, 1999)
9780375702754 | details & prices | 253 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Alec Stern's successful new life in Japan forces him to reflect on the memories of his family and life back in the United States
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from Plume (May 1, 1990)
9780452264212 | details & prices | 253 pages | List price $8.95
About: When Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of opportunity.

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