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The boat rocker

by Jin, Ha, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 18 Libraries 19 of 19 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Fiction FIC Jin
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Fiction FICTION Jin
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Fiction Collection FICTION Jin
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Adult Fiction JIN
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Green Tree Public Library Adult Fiction F JIN
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Moon Township Public Library Fiction F JIN Ha
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction JIN Ha
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC JIN
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Penn Hills Library Fiction JIN
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Jin
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Robinson Library Fiction FIC JIN
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Sewickley Public Library Fiction F JIN
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Shaler North Hills Library Fiction JIN
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South Park Library Fiction F JIN
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Literary Fiction LITERARY JIN Ha
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Western Allegheny Community Library Fiction Realistic F JIN
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Whitehall Public Library Fiction Collection FIC Jin
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Summary
New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by Chinese all over the world. Danlin's explosive exposes have made him legendary among readers-and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing- investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom.

Haili's scheme infuriates Danlin both morally and personally-he will do whatever it takes to expose her as a fraud. But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies, and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to come out of this investigation with his career-and his life-still intact. A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* A quintessential interpreter of the modern Chinese experience, Ha Jin follows A Map of Betrayal (2014), a taut novel about a Chinese spy in America, with an even more tightly focused tale narrated by an idealistic journalist internationally popular with Chinese readers for his daring exposés of Chinese corruption. A newly naturalized American citizen living in New York at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Feng Danlin, as naive as he is courageous, precipitously investigates a dubious Chinese news story claiming that the White House is endorsing a romance novel written by his ex-wife, Yan Haili. Danlin unleashes his fury over the lies of the Chinese government-controlled media and his conniving ex in increasingly reckless salvos, and Haili and her ruthless backers calmly and diabolically retaliate, stripping Danlin of all that he has accomplished. Yet this stubborn boat rocker remains undaunted: What I want is to be an honest, independent, and rational voice. Laced with acid observations about the complicated collusion between China and the U.S. and the often compromised role of the press, as well as passages of ambushing beauty and drollery, Ha Jin's intensely internalized tale of moral and political dilemmas, greed, conscience, and longing is suspenseful, passionate, and wise.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his latest novel, Ha Jin (Waiting) takes aim at exploitative novels and international relations as he tells the story of Feng Danlin, a Chinese expatriate journalist living in New York and working for an independent, and influential, Chinese news agency. The year is 2005, and when word comes in that Danlin's ex-wife, Yan Haili, has written a novel touted by the Chinese government as an instant worldwide bestseller, he pens several exposés concerning the book, challenging everything from the novel's lackluster style and use of a 9/11 backdrop to Haili's claims that she has signed a million-dollar-plus deal to adapt her tale into a Hollywood film. It isn't long before Danlin's articles gain traction and are reprinted throughout China. He finds himself celebrated by readers, but also the target of a series of verbal and written attacks by Haili and her entourage, and his boat rocking leaves many wondering if, by exposing Haili as a liar and the Chinese government as nefarious, Danlin may also be damaging potential Chinese/American interactions. Ha Jin stretches Danlin's initial missives, though amusing, nearly to the point of repetitive exhaustion, yet as the novel shifts focus from small squabbles to a more worldly narrative dissecting homeland loyalty and international relationships, it gains momentum. Ha Jin's prose is always pleasurable to read. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Journalists -- Fiction.
Investigative reporting -- Fiction.
Chinese -- United States -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 222 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780307911629
0307911624
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