Country of Origin

Country of Origin

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
When a young American woman goes missing in 1980 Tokyo's sexual underworld, a young U.S. Embassy official considers his prospects for finding her and enlists the help of a neurotic and unpopular Japanese police officer.

Norton Pub
An American girl disappears on the dark side of Tokyo, a world of hostess clubs and corruption, racism, and conformity. Lisa Countryman vanishes in Tokyo in 1980. The young U.S. Embassy official assigned to her case, Tom Hurley, is in over his head, tangled in an unsavory love affair with the wife of a CIA officer. Lisa's best chance at being found may lie in the improbable hands of Kenzo Ota, a neurotic Japanese cop ridiculed by his peers. Worse, Lisa likely disappeared into the shadow world of Tokyo's sex trade, where a bewildering variety of clubs cater to every imaginable male fantasy, lust, and perversion. The mystery of Lisa's disappearance is intertwined with the mystery of her origins as an ainoko, a half-breed. For Lisa, as with others involved in her case, alienation and belonging, love and hate, are bound up with race. Every manguilty and innocentwho seeks her has to come to terms with his own nature and character.

Blackwell North Amer
Lisa Countryman vanishes in Tokyo but no one seems to be in a particular hurry to find her. The American embassy official assigned to her case, Tom Hurley, can't be bothered, entangled as he is in an unsavory love affair with the wife of a CIA officer. The neurotic Japanese cop in charge of the investigation, Kenzo Ota, is equally preoccupied, ridiculed by his peers, demeaned by his superiors, his life a lonely shambles. Worse, it appears that Lisa has disappeared into the shadow world of Tokyo's sex trade, where a bewildering and often comical variety of clubs cater to every imaginable male fantasy.
The mystery of her disappearance is intertwined with the mystery of her origins as an ainoko, or half-breed. For Lisa, who is half African American and half Asian, alienation and belonging, love and hate, are bound up with race. All the characters' loyalties are divided - between their countries of origin and their adoptive nationalities, between their society's traditions and their own sense of justice - as they yearn to find where they truly belong.
Country of Origin is an exploration of the meaning of identity and belonging.

Baker
& Taylor

When a young American woman goes missing in 1980 Tokyo's sexual underworld, a young U.S. Embassy official considers his prospects for finding her and enlists the help of a neurotic and unpopular Japanese police officer. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393058123
0393058123
Branch Call Number: F LEE
Characteristics: 315 p. ; 25 cm

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Jun 05, 2015

An extremely well written novel, truly fine modern literature with superlative character development, and exquisite pacing of story.

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coly
Aug 25, 2014

Loved it. From the little I know about Japanese culture this sounds very authentic. Good prose, great turn of events.

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