THE BRIDEGROOM by Ha Jin

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From the remarkable Ha Jin, winner of the National Book Award for his celebrated novel Waiting, a collection of comical and deeply moving tales of contemporary China that are as warm and human as they are surprising, disturbing, and delightful.

In the title story, the head of security at a factory is shocked, first when the hansomest worker on the floor proposes marriage to his homely adopted daughter, and again when his new son-in-law is arrested for the "crime" of homosexuality. In "After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town," the workers at an American-style fast food franchise receive a hilarious crash course in marketing, deep frying, and that frustrating capitalist dictum, "the customer is always right."Ha Jin has triumphed again with his unforgettable storytelling in The Bridegroom.


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About Ha Jin

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Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award, and War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize; the story collections The Bridegroom, which won the Asian American Literary Award, Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; the novels The Crazed and In the Pond; and three books of poetry. His latest novel, A Free Life is his first novel set in the United States. He lives in the Boston area and is a professor of English at Boston University.War Trash, The Crazed, The Bridegroom, Waiting, In the Pond, and Ocean of Words are available in paperback from Vintage Books.
 
Published January 16, 2001 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Of several stories dominated by pointed East-West contrasts, the most plaintive are “The Woman from New York,” who fails to return from work and study abroad to a culture that rejects her as corrupted by “foreign influence,” and “In the Kindergarten,” a delicate portrayal of a young girl’s introd...

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American business methods clash with Chinese traditions in ""After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town,"" in which Chinese workers' anger about the behavior of their boss, Mr. Shapiro, is redoubled when they discover one of their own countrymen practicing the strange ethics of capitalism.

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Book Reporter

Read an Excerpt After winning both the 1999 National Book Award and the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his last book, WAITING, Ha Jin returns with a collection of 12 stories encompassing very personal dramas involving Chinese citizens in contemporary China.

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The China depicted in The Bridegroom, Ha Jin's concise and multifaceted cycle of short stories, stands at the crossroads between capitalism and communism, where the promise of prosperity for ordinary people has been twisted into new forms of governmental tyranny.

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Entertainment Weekly

The Bridegroom is a collection of 12 stories from Ha Jin, the Chinese émigré whose novel Waiting won this year's National Book Award opens the door to a world that is at once forbidding — citizens are expected to write self-criticisms, spy on their peers, and embrace policies like the Form New...

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CNN.com

Ha Jin's new collection of stories, "The Bridegroom," takes us back to Muji City, the same (fictional?) landscape he explored in his National Book Award-winning novel "Waiting."

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