The Foreigner: A Novel
Set against the Taiwanese criminal underworld, The Foreigner is Francie Lin's audacious debut novel. A noirish tale about family, fraternity, conscience, and the curious gulf between a man's culture and his deepest self
Emerson Chang is a mild mannered bachelor on the cusp of forty, a financial analyst in...more
Unfortunately, Emerson was one dimensional throughout the entire story. Most main characters are torn, or conflicted about their past. Not this guy, he's a self deluding "paragon of virtue" sitting on his high horse passively judging the rest of the world. Basically, he bored me. Francie Lin couldn...more
Emerson, 40, lives an uneventful life as an unambitious financial analyst in San Francisco. The extent of his social life is meeting his Taiwanese immigrant mother for dinner every Friday.
Though it starts like a domesti...more
There's an ugly stench of decay and deceit in every place and every exchange that Emerson has in Taiwan. It's only the unrequited love of an American Chinese woman who saves his life, tim...more
Not sure why this book was chosen as Edgar Best First Novel. The mystery part was nearly non-existent. Emerson was bland and flat, a disappointment as a main character for the most part, although there were a couple of scenes in which I thought he might develop.
Lin's descriptions of Taipei were very dark and gave me the creeps, so must have been well done if they could evoke such a reaction. The same could be said for the manipulative actions of the mother and the interactions between Mother &...more
The way this story is written alone is well worth the read. Filled with characters you may never want to come ac...more
The hero is manipulated by his mother for years. She arranges dates and discourages his dating non-Chinese women.
He seems to have no backbone and in not an interesting character.
When his mother dies, he goes overseas to find his brother, tell him the bad news about his mother and inform him that his mother left the family motel to the brother.
The brother is a non caring character...more
It's a story of a man whose mother died and he travels back to his homeland of Taiwan to meet up with his brother to settle the will of his mother.
He arrives and find out what his brother has been doing with his life. As the plot continues the story just keeps getting more and more depressing until a final "boom" at the end makes it slightly less depressing.
I wouldn't recommend it or read it again.