Narrator Henry Park, son of a Korean-American grocer, is an undercover operative for a vaguely sinister private intelligence agency. When he is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician, Park finds his family, culture, and identity endangered by the secrets he uncovers.
"Native Speaker - Wonderful book, middling narrator"
In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class - descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China - find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.
"Inventive, Engaging, & Surprising"
At the end of the Korean War, the lives of orphan June Han and American soldier Hector Brennan collide. Thirty years later, they meet again and are forced to come to terms with the secrets of their devastating past.
"this bibliophile could not finish this book"
Aloft offers a reexamination of the American dream from the inside out. Jerry Battle's favorite diversion is to fly his small plane solo, slipping away for quick flights over his Long Island home or to the coastal towns of New England. Then a family crisis occurs, and Jerry finds he must face his disengagement in his relationships.
"A Truly Wonderful Listening Experience"
Chang-rae Lee's debut novel, Native Speaker, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award; parts of both of his last two novels, A Gesture Life and Aloft, were first published in The New Yorker. Lorrie Moore has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1989.
Edwidge Danticat's books include the novels Breath, Eyes, Memory; The Farming of Bones, which received an American Book Award in 1999; and The Dew Breaker, which was published this year; and the story collection Krik? Krak!, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her work has been translated into 12 languages.