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A Good Fall: Stories
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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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Ha Jin. (2009). A Good Fall: Stories. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Ha Jin. 2009. A Good Fall: Stories. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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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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        "His best work so far. . . . Comparable to the best of Malamud and Singer."

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      • source: The Washington Post
      • content: "Captivating. . . . Ha Jin captures a new, growing slice of America. . . . The storyteller's art is richly on display here. Ha Jin has a singular talent for snaring a reader. His premises are gripping, his emotional bedrock hard and true."
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      • source: The Dallas Morning News
      • content: "Engaging,. . . . Funny and tender at the same time. . . . The stories in this collection deal with what all good stories deal with: love, death, freedom and hope."
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      • content: "Quiet, careful, restrained prose--prose whose absence of flourish can, at times, make it all the more eloquent."
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      • content: "Skillful and deeply felt. . . . The collection as a whole celebrate[s] immigrant resilience: the courage to embrace calamity, hit the pavement and keep walking toward a brighter future."
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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
      • content: "Ha Jin's masterful storytelling persists--meticulous, droll, convincing, populated with memorable characters--not to mention the indelible portrait of an immigrant life he gives us."
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      • source: People Magazine
      • content: "[Jin] writes with warmth and humor about what it means to be a bewildered stranger in a strange land, no matter where one is born."
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      • source: The Christian Science Monitor
      • content: "Engrossing, visceral. . . . All [stories] come across with the straightforward declarative immediacy of a videotaped interview or testimonial. . . . [An] illuminating, well-integrated collection."
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      • source: The New Republic
      • content: "[A] fine collection. . . . Jin is a master of the straightforward line . . . . [and] a significant American writer. . . . As in Chekhov's late work, his writing covers a lot of ground quickly."
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      • source: The Denver Post
      • content: "A collection of sublime moments. . . . With moments of stark insight. . . . A message worth hearing."
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      • source: The Boston Globe
      • content: "Every story . . . offer[s] evocative snapshots of the lives of contemporary first-generation Chinese immigrants. . . . [They] will take up quiet residence in your consciousness, shining a light into lives that too often go unseen."
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      • source: Elle
      • content: "Ha Jin continues his intimate, up-close look at Chinese immigrant life. . . . All [are] artfully turned out in Jin's quietly seismic style."
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      • source: Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
      • content: "Included are the rich imagery, attention to detail, and wry humor that are Jin's stock in trade and that, when taken together, offer--as fellow writer Francine Prose has noted--'a compelling exploration of the . . . terrain that is the human heart.'"
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      • source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
      • content: "Jin's carefully constructed worlds offer the reader so much pleasure."
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      • source: Chicago Sun-Times
      • content: "[Jin's] unvarnished prose adds a no-nonsense charm to the stories. . . . He just leans on simple phrasing that could come out of Sherwood Anderson or Ernest Hemingway. . . . Jin's approach is the more honest one, and the one more likely to endure."
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      • source: New York Post
      • content: "Ha Jin's new book of stories rises way above the ordinary or merely good. . . . The embarrassments and jokes and adulteries and frustrations of these characters in their little prosaic spaces convey the sense of how each human being is like and unlike all others."
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      • source: The Huffington Post
      • content: "This may be Ha Jin's best work yet, his stories often ascending to the mystical penumbra we expect of singer, Malamud, or O'Connor. . . . Ha Jin is equally good as a novelist and a short story writer. . . . Stories still allow him to get to the heart of the matter in a more piercing manner."
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        ) comes a new collection that focuses on Flushing, one of New York City's largest Chinese immigrant communities. With startling clarity, Jin explores the challenges, loneliness and uplift associated with discovering one's place in America. Many different generational perspectives are laid out, from the young male sweatshop-worker narrator of “The House Behind a Weeping Cherry,” who lives in the same rooming-house as three prostitutes, to the grandfather of “Children as Enemies,” who disapproves of his grandchildren's desires to Americanize their names. Anxiety and distrust plague many of Jin's characters, and while the desire for love and companionship is strong, economic concerns tend to outweigh all others. In “Temporary Love,” Jin explores the inevitable complications of becoming a “wartime couple” or “men and women who, unable to bring their spouses to America, cohabit... to comfort each other and also to reduce living expenses.” With piercing insight, Jin paints a vast, fascinating portrait of a neighborhood and a people in flux.

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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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