A Good Fall
StoriesBook - 2009
In his first book of stories sinceThe Bridegroomwas published in 2000 ("Finely wrought . . . Every story here is cut like a stone."-Chicago Sun-Times), National Book Awardndash;winning Ha Jin gives us a collection that delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America. With the same profound attention to detail that is a hallmark of his previous acclaimed works of fiction, Ha Jin depicts here the full spectrum of immigrant life and the daily struggles-some minute, some grand-faced by these intriguing individuals. A lonely composer takes comfort in the antics of his girlfriend's parakeet; young children decide to change their names so that they might sound more "American," unaware of how deeply this will hurt their grandparents; a Chinese professor of English attempts to defect with the help of a reluctant former student. All of Ha Jin's characters struggle in situations that stir within them a desire to remain attached to be loyal to their homeland and its traditions as they explore and avail themselves of the freedom that life in a new country offers. In these stark, deeply moving, acutely insightful, and often strikingly humorous stories, we are reminded once again of the storytelling prowess of this superb writer.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: F JIN
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 22 cm.