A Free Life (eBook)


A New York Times Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Entertainment Weekly, Slate

 In A Free Life, Ha Jin follows the Wu family — father Nan, mother Pingping, and son Taotao — as they sever their ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square and begin a new life in the United States. As Nan takes on a number of menial jobs, eventually operating a restaurant with Pingping, he struggles to adapt to the American way of life and to hold his family together, even as he pines for a woman he loved and lost in his youth. Ha Jin's prodigious talents are in full force as he brilliantly brings to life the struggles and successes of the contemporary immigrant experience.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award; War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, The Crazed; In the Pond; 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; and three books of poetry. He is a professor of English at Boston University and lives in the Boston area.

Praise for A Free Life…

Praise for the works of Ha Jin:

"Powerfully moving... Brilliant and original... Timeless and universal... Nearly perfect;"
--Russell Banks, The New York Times Book Review

"Reading [Ha Jin] is almost like falling in love: you experience anxiety, profound self-consciousness, and an uncomfortable sensitivity to the world--and somehow it's a pleasure... Like the best realist writers, Ha Jin sneaks emotional power into the plainest declarative sentences."
--The New Yorker

"Shows that Ha Jin could teach some native-born writers a few things about the beauty of spare prose and the power of a few well-chosen words."
--USA Today

"Achingly beautiful... Ha Jin depicts the details of social etiquette, of food, or rural family relationships and the complex and alarmingly primitive fabric of provincial life with that absorbed passion for minutiae characteristic of Dickens and Balzac."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Has the stripped-down simplicity of a fable... It casts a spell that doesn't break once... Ha Jin has the kind of effortless command that most writers can only dream about."
--The New Yorks Times Magazine

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780375425264
Published: Vintage, 10/30/2007
Language: en

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