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From the National Book Award-Winning Author of Waiting

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 Good Fall is now in paperback!

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.

“His best work so far…. Comparable to the best of Malamud and Singer.” —Kansas City Star

“Captivating…. Ha Jin captures a new, growing slice of America…. The storyteller’s art is richly on display here.”
—The Washington Post

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