A Gesture Life

A Gesture Life

Large Print - 2002
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Franklin Hata, born to Korean parents, raised by an adoptive family in Japan and settled in America, is a 30-year resident of the respectable and traditional New York hamlet of Bedley Run. Doc Hata Is recently retired and plagued by real estate agents asking if he would consider putting his house on the market. He has enjoyed success as a businessman and a neighbour in his community, but his carefully constructed façade of politeness and prosperity mask a dark and secretive past. The return of his estranged adopted daughter and her young son cause Hata to re-examine his past while trying to keep his current life from unravelling.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Wheeler Pub., 2002
Edition: LARGE PRINT ED
ISBN: 9781587242878
1587242877
Characteristics: 480 p. ; 25 cm

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John_M
Feb 06, 2014

You have to enjoy a pensive and paced book to get through this book, but for me I enjoyed it. The picture of the Japanese in WWII in Korea is well presented and critical to appreciating the protaganist's reserved approach to his life.

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miaone
Jul 03, 2011

I found the novel difficult sometimes partly because I, too, am a single parent of an older girl adopted from South Korea. My daughter and I were going through a rough patch at the time, and I could identify all too well with the anguish of the parent, and of the girl, in the book. Their individual journeys were different from mine and my daughter's, but portrayed by the author so believably and, sometimes, searingly, I wondered if he, too, had had such an experience. I think the experiences of being a single adoptive parent, and of being a child half grown at the time of the adoption, are very different from what people assume. This book, so emotionally raw at times, did a better job at expressing some of what that path is like than has anything else I've read.

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maven
Dec 11, 2009

Sad, but moving.

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