Fruit 'N Food, The by Leonard Chang

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When Thomas Pak is hired as a clerk at a Korean grocery, he isn't prepared for the searing racial tensions that threaten to destroy the neighborhood in which he lives and works. His tenuous relationship with the store owners and their young daughter is jepordized by his own conflicting affiliations of race and class, and these turbulent forces soon converge violently around him.

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Leonard Chang was born in New York City and studied philosophy at Dartmouth College and Harvard University. He received his MFA from the University of California at Irvine and is the author of five previous novels. His books have been translated into Japanese, French and Korean, and are taught at universities around the world. He has received critical recognition and was a finalist for the Edgar Award.
Published January 1, 2010 by Black Heron Press. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Thomas Pak, a 26-year-old Korean American, straggles home broke to Kasdan, Queens, after he is laid off from his restaurant job in Boston. Although Tom is a college graduate, his prospects have sunk a

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Tom takes a job at the Fruit 'n Food, the local market run by a hardworking Korean family, and the store becomes an embattled haven for him, a vulnerable middle-class island in a sea of racially motivated hate and despair.

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