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This is a story of hope and reconciliation. It is about an American father and his Eurasian son living in Korea. It is not without some soul-searching and a great deal of understanding on the part of his American wife that they get together as a family.

The father is an aspiring politician in Philadelphia. Put in shock and a moral dilemma by the sudden knowledge of his son, conceived while a soldier stationed in Korea, the father weighs his political future against his responsibilities to himself and his wife. The situation is further complicated by his childless marriage.

This is very modern in its treatment of a politician's seemingly conflicting goals of public success and conscientious personal behavior. The story confronts the disparity of two cultures: east and west and two generations. It is a very timely book for all of those reasons, but the reward of reading this book is Pearl Buck's ability as a story teller. Marital love, parental love, alienation, adoption, and ambition are all woven into this marvelous, poignant novel.

    

Used availability for Pearl S Buck's The New Year

Hardback Editions

June 1970 : UK Hardback
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Title: New Year
Author(s): Pearl S Buck
ISBN: 0-85456-656-2 / 978-0-85456-656-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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September 1968 : UK Hardback
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Title: New Year
Author(s): Pearl S Buck
ISBN: 0-416-04090-X / 978-0-416-04090-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen young books
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June 1968 : USA Hardback
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Title: The New Year: A Novel,
Author(s): Pearl Buck
ISBN: 0-381-98044-8 / 978-0-381-98044-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Day Co
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Paperback Editions

June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: New Year: a novel
Author(s): Pearl S Buck
ISBN: 1-55921-391-4 / 978-1-55921-391-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Moyer Bell and its subsidiaries
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May 1980 : USA Paperback
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Title: The New Year
Author(s): Pearl S Buck
ISBN: 0-671-80154-6 / 978-0-671-80154-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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June 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: New Year
Author(s): Pearl S Buck
ISBN: 0-417-02550-5 / 978-0-417-02550-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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February 1971 : UK Paperback
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Title: New Year
Author(s): Pearl S Buck
ISBN: 0-330-02625-9 / 978-0-330-02625-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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1969 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The New Year
Author(s): Pearl S Buck
ISBN: 0-671-75234-0 / 978-0-671-75234-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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