Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Francie Lin

Events: Literary Thriller Night

Book: The Foreigner

Francie Lin, a former editor at The Threepenny Review, received a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan in 2001-2002. The Foreigner is her debut novel.

Set against the Taiwanese criminal underworld, The Foreigner is a noirish tale of family, fraternity, conscience, and the curious gulf between a man’s culture and his deepest self. It is a darkly comic tale of crime and contrition, and a riveting story about what it means to be a foreigner — even in one’s own family.

Emerson Chang is a mild-mannered bachelor, a financial analyst in a neatly pressed suit, a child of Taiwanese immigrants. After the sudden death of his mother, Emerson sets out for Taipei to scatter her ashes, and to convey a disputed inheritance to his younger brother, Little P. Now enmeshed in the Taiwanese criminal underworld, Little P conceals a secret — a crime that not only has severed him from his family but also annihilated his most basic sense of humanity. Emerson isn’t about to give up the inheritance until he uncovers Little P’s secrets and saves what is left of his family.

“Brilliantly observed and written with a scalpel, this violent plunge into the abyss of identity runs on the hot rails of the ambitious thriller. A flat-out page-turner.” —Colin Harrison, author of The Havana Room