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A Gesture Life

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A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee
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Oct 01, 2000 | ISBN 9781573228282

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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


ALA Notable Book WINNER

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award WINNER

Asian American Literary Award WINNER

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award WINNER

New York Times Notable Book WINNER

New Yorker Book Award WINNER

North Atlantic Independent Book Award WINNER

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