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Country of Origin (2004) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: Country of Origin
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and Mystery

Edition #1: Country of Origin

Country of Origin (2004)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Touching, wide-ranging, often funny—and never less than compelling. " Time Out New York
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Country of Origin (April 17, 2004)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 039332706X
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.2 x 1.0
Pages: 320

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Country of Origin (July 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393058123
Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.2 in
Pages: 352

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