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A Good Fall by Ha Jin
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Dec 23, 09

Read in December, 2009

I'm an unabashed Ha Jin lover, so of course I enjoyed this book. His books appeal to me because they give me a peek into the mindset of a culture that seems utterly alien in some respects, but no different in others. Ha Jin's characters have the same insecurities, desires and fears as anyone else, but they are expressed and dealt with differently because of the Chinese culture.

This collection was a hybrid of Jin's tales set in China and his latest novel, A Free Life, set in the American south. Here, the characters are in America and are weighted down with the expectations of success that come with that fact, but they are also in a sort of limbo because they are surrounded by their countrymen in Flushing, NY. The situations this leads to are fascinating and make for a great, and quick, read.
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