u003cbu003eThe debut novel from critically-acclaimed and New York Timesbestselling author of u003ciu003eOn Such a Full Sea u003c/iu003eandu003ciu003e My Year Abroad.u003c/iu003eu003c/bu003eu003cbru003eu003cbru003e In u003ciu003eNative Speakeru003c/iu003e, author Chang-rae Lee introduces readers to Henry Park. Park has spent his entire life trying to become a true Americana native speaker. But even as the essence of his adopted country continues to elude him, his Korean heritage seems to drift further and further away.u003cbru003eu003cbru003e Park's harsh Korean upbringing has taught him to hide his emotions, to remember everything he learns, and most of all to feel an overwhelming sense of alienation. In other words, it has shaped him as a natural spy.u003cbru003eu003cbru003e But the very attributes that help him to excel in his profession put a strain on his marriage to his American wife and stand in the way of his coming to terms with his young son's death. When he is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician, his very identity is tested, and he must figure out who he is amid not only the conflicts within himself but also within the ethnic and political tensions of the New York City streets.u003cbru003eu003cbru003e u003ciu003eNative Speakeru003c/iu003e is a story of cultural alienation. It is about fathers and sons, about the desire to connect with the world rather than stand apart from it, about loyalty and betrayal, about the alien in all of us and who we finally are.