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Country of Origin: A Novel

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Don Lee

Ploughshareseditor Lee uses the racial homogeneity of Japan as a stark backdrop to this elegant first novel, a follow-up to his story collection,Yellow. Set in Tokyo in 1980, the book centers on the disappearance of Lisa Countryman, a half-Japanese, … see full wiki

Author: Don Lee
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
2 reviews about Country of Origin: A Novel
review by . January 30, 2011
Lisa Countryman is abducted in Tokyo, possibly taken by someone related to the Tokyo sex industry.   When her sister reports her missing, people in the U.S. embassy don't seem bothered by her disappearance.      Tom Hurley is a bored diplomat. He's assigned to the case but sees lazy and unambitious. He's more interested in his daily swims at the embassy pool and his affair  with the wife of a CIA officer.      The Japanese officer …
review by . July 08, 2004
A young American woman is missing in 1980's Tokyo, set against the political backdrop of the Iran hostage crisis and the upcoming presidential election in America. The author positions his characters in a city filled with foreigners and entrepreneurs. That each of the important protagonists has identity issues to deal with adds a racial element to the plot. Although Lisa is of mixed heritage, she appears white and is viewed as a gaijin. Like many other young women, she has come to Tokyo to earn …
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