A Gesture Life

Paperback $16.00

Oct 01, 2000 | 384 Pages

Ebook $10.99

Oct 01, 2000 | 368 Pages

  • Paperback $16.00

    Oct 01, 2000 | 384 Pages

  • Ebook $10.99

    Oct 01, 2000 | 368 Pages

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“A beautiful, solitary, remarkably tender book.”—The New York Times Book Review

A Gesture Life is the touching, multilayered rumination of an uneasy psyche. It is also a tragic, horrifying page-turner, whose evocation of wartime victims is unforgettable…A deeply involving tale, no less so because we realize, almost from the first chapter, that we can’t trust Hata’s version of events. [Lee] enlists the reader’s full energies to interpret this enigmatic speaker, who saddens, baffles and unfuriates us all at once.”—Chicago Tribune

“Once again, this gifted young author has given us a beautifully tapestried story of seeking identity and acceptance in another culture while remaining separate from the tug of it.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“Lee elegantly creates suspense out of the seemingly static story of a man trying hard not to feel. He has written a wise and humane novel that both amplifies the themes of identity and exile he addressed in Native Speaker, and creates a wonderfully resonant portrait of a man caught between two cultures and two lives.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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