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The Island of Bicycle Dancers, Adachi, Jiro
1 Adachi, Jiro The Island of Bicycle Dancers
NY St. Martin's Press 2004 0312312458 / 9780312312459 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Jiro Adachi on the title page! This debut is the coming-of-age story of twenty-year-old Yurika Song, a Korean-Japanese woman who comes from Japan to New York City for the summer to work with her Korean relatives and improve her English. Yurika's freinds back home have always joked that she is half-sushi and half-kimchi. But cross-Asian ethnicities turn out to be far less jarring than her introduction to New York City life, especially the world of bicycle messengers and the street culture in which they thrive. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Madras on Rainy Days, Ali, Samina
2 Ali, Samina Madras on Rainy Days
NY FSG 2004 0374195625 / 9780374195625 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Samina Ali on the title page. In this finely observed debut novel, Samina Ali intimately explores a girl's journey to self-possession. Ali's haunting prose and richly drawn characters lay bare the complex and hidden world behind the veil. "Madras on Rainy Days" is a dazzling performance by an arresting new voice. 
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Three-Legged Horse, Ch'ing-wen, Cheng
3 Ch'ing-wen, Cheng Three-Legged Horse
Irvington, New York, Columbia Univ Press 1998 0231113862 / 9780231113861 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Here are twele moving short stories about Taiwan and its people by one of the island's most popular writers, Cheng Ch'ing-wen. Focusing primarily on village life and the effects of modernization on Taiwan in the postwar years, Cheng is one of the most respected of the island's "nativist" writers, yet this is his first book to be translated into English. This anthology represents the best of his fictional efforts across a forty-year span. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Baumgartner's Bombay , Desai, Anita
4 Desai, Anita Baumgartner's Bombay
New York Knopf 1989 0394572297 / 9780394572291 First American Edition/First Printing Fine  Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been neatly SIGNED by Anita Desai on the title page. With the same power to immerse us in the reality she creates, Anita Desai draws upon her double heritage as child of a German mother and Indian father to tell the story of a German Jew who has fled the Holocaust to remake his life in India. With its unusual intensity of vision—a story told, a world perceived, from both the inside and the outside—"Baumgartner's Bombay" provides a brilliantly three-dimensional portrait not only of India but of our century's nationless wanderers.  
Price: 75.00 USD
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Fire on the Mountain , Desai, Anita
5 Desai, Anita Fire on the Mountain
New York Harper & Row 1977 006011066X / 9780060110666 First U.S. Edition/First Printing Near Fine  Near Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been neatly SIGNED by Anita Desai on the title page. "Fire on the Mountain" is rich, sensual and spare, an intimate drama that brings India near, however mysterious. Set in the Simla hills, the novel has three central characters: the aged Nanda Kaul, a woman remote in her self-imposed solitude; her great-granddaughter, the strange child Raka, equally withdrawn and lizard-like, her silence deafening; and Ila Das, Nanda Kaul's only friend, a broken woman whose shrieking hysteria shatters that eerie silence. A wonderfully observed portrayal of Indian life, and an unforgettable portrait of old age, a remarkable novel. Her debut, here published for the first time in the US.  
Price: 125.00 USD
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Games at Twilight , Desai, Anita
6 Desai, Anita Games at Twilight
New York Harper & Row 1978 0060110791 / 9780060110796 First U.S. Edition/First Printing Fine  Near Fine (price-clipped) Signed by Author
This copy has been neatly SIGNED by Anita Desai on the title page. Eleven short stories - witty, evocative, tender, perceptive - by the author of the highly acclaimed "Fire on the Mountain" and written with the same blend of toughness and poetic imagination. Here are the colours, smells, sounds of India and here, too, are some intensely individual characters: a painter who fills his canvasses with birds and flowers he has never seen. Price-clipped dustjacket.  
Price: 125.00 USD
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In Custody , Desai, Anita
7 Desai, Anita In Custody
New York Harper & Row 1984 0060390387 / 9780060390389 First American Edition/First Printing Fine  Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been neatly SIGNED by Anita Desai on the title page. "In Custody" according to The Times (London) "is a wonderfully sensuous Song of Experience: life grating against art; friendships and intellectual riches tarnishing under the wretched indignities of poverty." Short-listed for Britain's celebrated Booker Prize it was also made into a film by Merchant Ivory Productions in 1983.  
Price: 95.00 USD
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Journey to Ithaca , Desai, Anita
8 Desai, Anita Journey to Ithaca
London Heinemann 1995 0434002445 / 9780434002443 First U.K. Edition/First Printing Fine  Fine Signed by Author
The "true" first edition - this copy has been neatly SIGNED by Anita Desai on the title page. This entrancing novel explores the ambiguous nature of divine and profane love. Cunningly structured, beautifully evocative, the novel is rich with the sounds, smells, and sights of Italy and India, and it draws the reader into the heart of the most untranslatable of human experiences.  
Price: 95.00 USD
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Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, Desai, Kiran
9 Desai, Kiran Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
London Faber & Faber 1998 0571193366 / 9780571193363 First U.K. Edition/First Printing Fine Fine Signed by Author
This is a beautiful copy that has been SIGNED by Kiran Desai on the title page! The true 1st edition of the author's debut - she is the daughter of Anita Desai. Her second book, The Inheritance of Loss, (2006) has been widely praised by critics throughout Asia, Europe and the United States and won the 2006 Man Booker Prize as well as the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. Written with rich humour and an eye for the eccentric, "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard" is a magical tale of a world gone slightly mad. Dustjacket praise by Salman Rushdie who called it "Lush and intensely imagined. Welcome proof that India's encounter with the English language continues to give birth to new children, endowed with lavish gifts." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Bridegroom, Jin, Ha
10 Jin, Ha The Bridegroom
NY Pantheon 2000 0375420673 / 9780375420672 First Edition/First Printing Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Ha Jin on the title page. Each of "The Bridegroom's" twelve stories - three of which have been selected for inclusion in "The Best American Short Stories" - takes us back to Muji City in contemporary China, the setting of "Waiting." It is a world both exotic and disarmingly familiar, one in which Chinese men and women meet with small epiphanies and muted triumphs, leavening their lives of quiet desperation through subtle insubordination and sometimes crafty resolve. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Interpreter , Kim, Suki
11 Kim, Suki The Interpreter
NY FSG 2003 0374177139 / 9780374177133 First Edition/First Printing Fine  Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Suki Kim on the title page. A striking debut novel about the myth of the model Asian citizen and the dark side of the American Dream, "The Interpreter" traverses the distance between old worlds and new, poverty and privilege, language and understanding.  
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Leavers, Ko, Lisa
12 Ko, Lisa The Leavers
Chapel Hill, NC Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2017 1616206888 / 9781616206888 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy of "The Leavers" has been SIGNED by Lisa Ko on the title page from her appearance at the National Book Award Reading on November 14, 2017! A Finalist for the NBA, she was already named as the Winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice. Set in New York and China, "The Leavers" is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It's a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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13 Kumin, Maxine Connecting the Dots
New York, NY W.W. Norton and Company 1996 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine  Fine 
In these new poems, her eleventh collection, Maxine Kumin expands on the thmese that have engaged her most strongly.  
Price: 20.00 USD
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A Gesture Life, Lee, Chang-Rae
14 Lee, Chang-Rae A Gesture Life
New York, NY Riverhead 1999 1573221465 / 9781573221467 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Chang-Rae Lee on the title page! The author's powerful second novel that leaves no doubt about the extraordinary range and depth of his talent. This elaborated on his themes of identity and assimilation through the narrative of an elderly Japanese-American doctor who remembers treating Korean comfort women during World War II. Chang-rae Lee was the recipient of numerous awards for his debut - "Native Son" and the reviews for this new book had been unanimous in their high praise. Also, "A Gesture Life" won the Asian-American Literary Award. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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A Gesture Life, Lee, Chang-Rae
15 Lee, Chang-Rae A Gesture Life
London, UK Granta Books 2000 1862073376 / 9781862073371 First U.K. Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy of the UK Edition has been SIGNED by Chang-rae Lee on the title page! "You make a whole life out of gestures and politeness," Sunny tells her adoptive father, Franklin Hata. Raised in Japan, 'Doc' Hata has become a respected elder in his small, prosperous American town, comfortably retired, treating everyone with courtesy and impenetrable decorum. But while his relationship with the community is impeccable, his daughter and a possible partner have faded from his life. 
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Aloft, Lee, Chang-Rae
16 Lee, Chang-Rae Aloft
NY Riverhead Books 2004 1573222631 / 9781573222631 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED and DATED March 8, 2004 (Official Release Date) by Chang-rae Lee on the title page! "aloft" featured Lee's first protagonist who is not Asian-American, but a disengaged and isolated Italian-American suburbanite forced to deal with his world. "Aloft" offers a reexamination of the American dream from the inside out, through the voice of Jerry Battle, a suburban middle-aged man who has lived his entire life on Long Island, New York. A haunting, lyrical, indelible portrait of an ordinary man and his family, "Aloft" illuminates in an utterly fresh way what it means to be a father, husband, son, and lover. Chang-rae Lee's most mature, fully developed novel to date, it is nothing less than a piercing and profound study of the American character. It received the 2006 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Fiction category. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Empress Orchid, Min, Anchee
17 Min, Anchee Empress Orchid
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin 2004 0618068872 / 9780618068876 First Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy has been SIGNED by Anchee Min on the title page! Based on copious research, this is a vivid portrait of a flawed but utterly compelling woman who survived in a male world, a woman whose main struggle was to hold on not to power but to her own humanity. Richly detailed and completely gripping, "Empress Orchid" is a novel of high drama and lyricism and the first volume of a trilogy about the life of one of the most important women in history. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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Such a Long Journey, Mistry, Rohinton
18 Mistry, Rohinton Such a Long Journey
New York, NY Alfred A. Knopf Inc 1991 0679402586 / 9780679402589 First American Edition/First Printing Hard Cover Fine Fine Signed by Author
This copy of the First American Edition has been SIGNED by Rohinton Mistry on the title page! Called the most important Indian novel since "Midnight's Children", Rohinton Mistry's first novel is a rich, slyly funny, piercing tale that captures the quiet desperation of an ordinary man embroiled in a major political scandal. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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19 Mukherjee, Bharati. Jasmine
NY Grove Weidenfeld 1989 First Edition/First Printing Fine  Fine Signed by Author
A beautiful copy of the author’s novel about a life in transition. This copy has a wonderful inscription on the half-title page which reads as follows: To XXXX, who has made the book-signing day graceful and pleasurable; thanks! Bharati Mukherjee, September 8, 1989, New York City.  
Price: 50.00 USD
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20 Oeur, U. Sam; McCullough, Ken; U Sam Oeur Sacred Vows: Poetry
Minneapolis, Minnesota Coffee House Press 1998 1566890691 / 9781566890694 First Edition/First Printing Fine  Trade Paperback Original SIGNED by Author and Translator
This bilingual Khmer and English edition has been SIGNED by U Sam Oeur and by the translator Ken McCullough on the title page. In 1975, U Sam Oeur and his family, along with 2.8 million citizens of Phnom Penh were driven out of the city by the Khmer Rouge. During the next four years, the family survived life in six different concentration camps. "Sacred Vows" retells the recent terror of Cambodia and the beauty of its culture. A survivor of the Pol Pot regime, Oeur hopes to inspire young Cambodians to reacquaint themselves with their heritage and make it once again vibrant.  
Price: 55.00 USD
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