A Good Fall

A Good Fall

Stories

Book - 2009
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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.
ISBN: 9780307378682
0307378683
Branch Call Number: F JIN
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 22 cm.

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Xiaoshu Aug 23, 2011

This is a very good book

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EasterIsland
Jul 04, 2011

The sum of the stories in this volume yields an intense view of the Chinese experience in the United States. The viewpoint is miraculously funny and the author's relationship with the stories is personal, caring and terrific.

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