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The Foreigner: A Novel
by Francie Lin
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Winner of the Edgar® Award for Best First Novel by an American Author
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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Emerson, a man of Taiwanese descent living in the U.S., who speaks no Chinese, travels to Taiwan to scatter his mother's ashes. He must convey a disputed inheritance to his brother who is involved in the Taiwanese criminal underworld and who conceals a secret which has alienated him from his family. Emerson hopes to appease both the living and the dead by discovering his brother's secret and save what is left of his family. This is a darkly comic tale of crime and contrition about what is means to be a foreigner, even in one's own family.
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