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The Foreigner

The Foreigner

(2008)
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Awards
Edgar Awards Best First Novel
Set against the Taiwanese criminal underworld, The Foreigner is Francie Lin's audacious debut novel. A noirish tale about family, fraternity, conscience, and the curious gulf between a man's culture and his deepest self

Emerson Chang is a mild mannered bachelor on the cusp of forty, a financial analyst in a neatly pressed suit, a child of Taiwanese immigrants who doesn't speak a word of Chinese, and, well, a virgin. His only real family is his mother, whose subtle manipulations have kept him close--all in the name of preserving an obscure idea of family and culture.

But when his mother suddenly dies, Emerson sets out for Taipei to scatter her ashes, and to convey a surprising inheritance to his younger brother, Little P. Now enmeshed in the Taiwanese criminal underworld, Little P seems to be running some very shady business out of his uncle's karaoke bar, and he conceals a secret--a crime that has not only severed him from his family, but may have annihilated his conscience. Hoping to appease both the living and the dead, Emerson isn't about to give up the inheritance until he uncovers Little P's past, and saves what is left of his family.

The Foreigner is a darkly comic tale of crime and contrition, and a riveting story about what it means to be a foreigner--even in one's own family.

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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Foreigner: A Novel
Author(s): Francie Lin
ISBN: 0-312-36404-0 / 978-0-312-36404-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

June 2009 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Foreigner
Author(s): Francie Lin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2009 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Foreigner
Author(s): Francie Lin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Foreigner: A Novel
Author(s): Francie Lin
Publisher: Picador
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