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A Gesture Life

(1999)
A novel by

 
 
The splendid new novel from the author of Native Speaker

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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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December 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Gesture Life
Author(s): Chang-Rae Lee
ISBN: 1-58724-287-7 / 978-1-58724-287-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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February 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: Gesture Life
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee
ISBN: 1-86207-337-6 / 978-1-86207-337-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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September 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Gesture Life: A Novel
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee
ISBN: 1-57322-146-5 / 978-1-57322-146-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
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Paperback Editions

December 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Gesture Life
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee
ISBN: 1-86207-401-1 / 978-1-86207-401-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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December 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: A Gesture Life
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee, Maureen Keane
ISBN: 1-57322-860-5 / 978-1-57322-860-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Gesture Life: A Novel
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee
ISBN: 1-57322-828-1 / 978-1-57322-828-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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January 2000 : UK Paperback

Title: A Gesture Life (Bookclub Only)
Author(s): Lee Chang-Rae
ISBN: 1-86207-393-7 / 978-1-86207-393-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Gesture Life
Author(s): Chang Rae Lee
ISBN: 0-9654356-2-8 / 978-1-86207-340-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Gesture Life: A Novel
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Gesture Life: A Novel
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Gesture Life: A Novel
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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October 2000 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Gesture Life: A Novel
Author(s): Chang-rae Lee
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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