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A Good Fall by Ha Jin
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Ha Jin has written a poignant collection of stories exposing many facets of the Chinese immigrant experience. Immigrant life has never been easy, and issues were magnified exponentially after September 11, 2001.



While the stories are told from the viewpoints of the immigrants, the simple humanity of the situations will ring true for readers. Some examples: The Bane of the Internet, where an immigrant finds out that having day-in day-out access to relatives can have drawbacks; In the Crossfire, with a husband caught in the battle between his wife and mother. A favorite story, A Composer and His Parakeets, shows the impact a pet, even a 'foster' pet can have on your happiness and creativity.



I was reminded of Jhumpa Lahiri, and Edwidge Danticat

Ha Jin chose stories that are quick reads. The tales are short, but complex enough for you to understand the characters. The are simple tales, but they are no less enjoyable or wonderful for their brevity.



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