Native Speaker

Native Speaker

Book - 1995
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The debut novel from critically-acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling author of On Such a Full Sea.

In Native Speaker , author Chang-rae Lee introduces readers to Henry Park. Park has spent his entire life trying to become a true American--a native speaker. But even as the essence of his adopted country continues to elude him, his Korean heritage seems to drift further and further away.

Park's harsh Korean upbringing has taught him to hide his emotions, to remember everything he learns, and most of all to feel an overwhelming sense of alienation. In other words, it has shaped him as a natural spy.

But the very attributes that help him to excel in his profession put a strain on his marriage to his American wife and stand in the way of his coming to terms with his young son's death. When he is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician, his very identity is tested, and he must figure out who he is amid not only the conflicts within himself but also within the ethnic and political tensions of the New York City streets.

Native Speaker is a story of cultural alienation. It is about fathers and sons, about the desire to connect with the world rather than stand apart from it, about loyalty and betrayal, about the alien in all of us and who we finally are.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [1995]
Copyright Date: ♭1995
ISBN: 9781573225311
Branch Call Number: FIC LEE 1995
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 23 cm


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