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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Granta Books
Publication date February 3, 2000
Pages 368
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781862073371
ISBN-10 1862073376
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $27.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781573221467 Book cover for 9781862073371
 
Large print edition from Wheeler Pub Inc (December 1, 2002)
9781587242878 | details & prices | 452 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Franklin Hata, a Japanese man of Korean birth living in suburban New York, seems on the surface to be living a quiet and harmonious life, but he remains tormented by his wartime love for a Korean comfort woman.
The price comparison is for this edition
from Granta Books (February 3, 2000)
9781862073371 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $27.95
About: The second novel from the critically acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Chang-rae Lee.
from Riverhead Books (September 1, 1999)
9781573221467 | details & prices | 356 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $23.95
About: Franklin Hata, a Japanese man of Korean birth living in suburban New York, seems on the surface to be living a quiet and harmonious life, but he remains tormented by his wartime love for a Korean comfort woman
Paperback
Book cover for 9781573228282 Book cover for 9781862073401
 
from Riverhead Books (October 1, 2000)
9781573228282 | details & prices | 356 pages | 5.75 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Franklin Hata, a Japanese man of Korean birth living in suburban New York, seems on the surface to be living a quiet and harmonious life, but he remains tormented by his wartime love for a Korean comfort woman.
from Granta Books (February 11, 2000)
9781862073401 | details & prices | List price $16.45
About: A Gesture Life is a haunting, compelling exploration of the Japanese experience of the Second World War, and the fate of their 'comfort women'.

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