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A good fall

by Jin, Ha, 1956-

Format: Book on CD 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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F.O.R. Sto-Rox Library Adult Audio Cd F Jin
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National Book Award-winner Ha Jin brings us a collection of stories that delve into the experiences of Chinese immigrants in America. All of Ha Jin's characters struggle in situations that stir their conflicting desires to remain attached to their native land and traditions while also exploring their newfound social and economic freedoms.

A lonely composer takes comfort in the songs of his girlfriend's parakeet; a group of young children declare their wish to change their names so that they might sound more "American," unaware of how deeply this will sadden their grandparents; a Chinese professor of English attempts to defect with the help of a reluctant former student. In each of these deeply moving, acutely insightful, and often strikingly humorous stories we are reminded again of the storytelling prowess of this superb writer.

The bane of the Internet
A composer and his parakeets
The beauty
Children as enemies
In the crossfire
An English professor
A pension plan
Temporary love
The house behind a weeping cherry
A good fall.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In The Bridegroom (2000), his last collection of short stories, Ha Jin, a National Book Award winner, captures the paradoxes of life under China's Communist regime. In his new stories, sharply etched works remarkable for the contrast between their directness of expression and complexity of feelings, he creates a mirror-image set of tales about a Chinese immigrant community in Flushing, New York. Ha Jin's ear and eye for Chinese American life are acute, as is his sense of how one life can encompass a full spectrum of irony, desperation, and magic. The advent of e-mail enables a sister in China to blackmail her sister in America. A struggling composer develops a remarkable rapport with his absent lover's parakeet. Marriages come under duress, one due to the almost surreal insensitivity of a visiting mother, the other to the husband's suspicions about his wife and the strange truth they reveal. A classic story about grandparents from the old country appalled by their Americanized grandchildren is balanced by the startling title story, in which a young kung fu master and monk achieves an unforeseen form of enlightenment. The quest for freedom yields surprising and resonant complications in Ha Jin's sorrowful, funny, and bittersweet stories.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "From National Book Award-winner Jin (Waiting) 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. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Chinese -- United States -- Fiction.
Flushing (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Publisher [Ashland, Or.?] :Blackstone Audio,2009
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Simmons, Tai.
Porter, Ray, 1965-
Dean, Robertson.
Garcia, Paul Michael.
Heald, Anthony.
Reading, Kate.
Lopez, Eddie.
Hillgartner, Malcolm.
Dunne, Bernadette.
MacDuffie, Carrington, 1958-
Brick, Scott.
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by Tai Simmons, Ray Porter, Robertson Dean, Paul Michael Garcia, Anthony Heald, Kate Reading, Eddie Lopez, Malcolm Hillgartner, Bernadette Dunne, Carrington MacDuffie, Scott Brick.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781441711458
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