A Good Fall: Stories by Ha Jin

By Ha Jin

In his first booklet of reports given that The Bridegroom was released in 2000 ("Finely wrought . . . each tale this is lower like a stone."—Chicago Sun-Times), nationwide booklet Award–winning Ha Jin offers us a suite that delves into the adventure of chinese language immigrants in the US.
With an analogous profound awareness to aspect that may be a hallmark of his prior acclaimed works of fiction, Ha Jin depicts right here the whole spectrum of immigrant lifestyles and the day-by-day struggles—some minute, a few grand—faced via those exciting members.
A lonely composer takes convenience within the antics of his girlfriend's parakeet; teenagers choose to swap their names in order that they might seem extra "American," blind to how deeply this may damage their grandparents; a chinese language professor of English makes an attempt to illness with assistance from a reluctant former scholar. All of Ha Jin's characters fight in events that stir inside of them a wish to stay connected to be unswerving to their fatherland and its traditions as they discover and avail themselves of the liberty that existence in a brand new nation bargains.
In those stark, deeply relocating, acutely insightful, and sometimes strikingly funny tales, we're reminded once more of the storytelling prowess of this fabulous author.

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Ewell W. G. Peterson, Lincoln Divine, Charlie Pinehurst, she kept thinking, as if she needed to memorize them. In high school her English teacher had made her memorize poems that made no sense. There was no way you could remember what came next in those poems. She got Ds all through high school, and she didn舗t like the job she got after she graduated, so she was happy to marry Pete when he asked her, even if it did mean leaving her friends and her family to live on an Army base. She liked it there.

He had been rooming with her sister and brother-in-law, but friction had developed between the two men. Her sister must have expected it. Her sister舗s husband was very athletic, a pro-football fan who wore a Redskins T-shirt to bed instead of a pajama top, and who had a football autographed by Billy Kilmer on their mantel. Sam was not frail, but one sensed at once that he would always be gentle. He had long brown hair and brown eyes舒nothing that would set him apart from a lot of other people. It was his calmness that did that.

No, Charlie. 舡 And because she had said it so many times, she was convinced. 舠Then set a date for the wedding,舡 he told her. 舡 She promised to do that the next time she saw him, but she couldn舗t think right, and that was because of the notes that her mother wrote her, and because she couldn舗t get any sleep, and because she got depressed by taking off weight and gaining it right back by eating at night. As long as she couldn舗t sleep, and there were only a few potato chips left, which she might as well finish off, she decided to level with herself the same way she and Charlie had the night they told their secrets.

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