Native Speaker

Native Speaker

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Baker & Taylor
Henry Park, a Korean-American private spy, is challenged by a new assignment to investigate a rising politician, but the secrets he uncovers threaten his cultural identity and his relationship with his wife

Blackwell North Amer
Henry Park is a spy who works for a private company with international connections. Reared in suburban New York in a traditional Korean household, with its lack of emotional display and an inescapable feeling of foreignness, he is a natural: the invisible other, the silent observer who is always present but never known. His assignments are mostly with foreigners, people like himself, who stand on the periphery of a culture and who are eager to embrace him as their own. But his life is falling to pieces - his young son has died tragically, his wife is leaving him, and his boss is watching his every move. Then Henry is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American New York City councilman, John Kwang.
The first Korean he knows of to play a public role in American life, Kwang represents for Henry the shining success of the immigrant, the father he never had, Korean values matched with American vigor. But as Henry is drawn into Kwang's confidence and love, he finds his sense of family and culture, his very identity, threatened by the job he must do. Against the turbulent background of New York City politics and growing ethnic tensions, Park must finally come to emotional terms with his American wife and the loss of their son, and with his belated recognition of who he is.

Baker
& Taylor

Henry Park, a Korean-American private spy, is challenged by a new assignment to investigate a rising politician, but the secrets he uncovers threaten his cultural identity and his relationship with his wife. A first novel. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c1995.
ISBN: 9781573220019
1573220019
Branch Call Number: LEE
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 23 cm.

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