In his first book of stories since The Bridegroom, National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin gives us a collection that delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America.
A lonely composer takes comfort in the antics of his girlfriend's parakeet; young children decide to change their names so 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 to remain loyal to their homeland and its traditions while also exploring the freedom that life in a new country offers.
Stark, deeply moving, acutely insightful, and often strikingly humorous, A Good Fall reminds us once again of the storytelling prowess of this superb writer.
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“This is America, where it’s never too late to turn over a new page.” Rich imagery—“drizzle swayed in the wind like endless tangled threads,” “the streetlights were swimming in my eyes”—displays the author’s poetic gifts, but some of these tales belabor the obvious.Oct 01 2009 | Read Full Review of A Good Fall: Stories
They all wanted to appear rich and successful in their hometowns’ eyes,” an exploited young monk who’s been teaching kung fu without pay for two years laments in the title story of A Good Fall, Ha Jin’s first book of short stories since 2000.Dec 10 2009 | Read Full Review of A Good Fall: Stories
The Washington Post found fault with some of Jin’s phrasing, and most critics predictably deemed the stories uneven (but could not agree on the best.) According to the Dallas Morning News, however, all of these clever, moving stories are well worth reading.Nov 29 2009 | Read Full Review of A Good Fall: Stories
For all their meticulous attention to the immigrant experience, Ha Jin's books leave little to the imagination.Dec 01 2009 | Read Full Review of A Good Fall: Stories
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