A Good Fall: Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 24, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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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User Review  - RebaRelishesReading - LibraryThing

A Good Fall by Ha Jin is a collection of short stories dealing with the lives of Chinese immigrants to the U. S. He presents a wide range of protagonists from a graduate student and young professor to ... Read full review

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User Review  - rachelhunnell1 - LibraryThing

This book contains some very adult content, but since it's a collection of short stories, teachers can pick and choose which stories they use. All the stories center around the struggles that Asians ... Read full review


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HA JIN left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of five novels, three story collections, and three books of poetry. He has received the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Ha Jin lives in the Boston area and is a professor of English at Boston University.

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