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A Good Fall

(2009)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In his first book of stories since The Bridegroom was published in 2000 ('Finely wrought . . . Every story here is cut like a stone.' -Chicago Sun-Times), National Book Award-winning Ha Jin gives us a collection that delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America.

With the same profound attention to detail that is a hallmark of his previous acclaimed works of fiction, Ha Jin depicts here the full spectrum of immigrant life and the daily struggles-some minute, some grand-faced by these men, women, and children.

A lonely composer takes comfort in the songs of his girlfriend's parakeet; a group of young children declare their wish to change their names so that they might sound more 'American,' unaware of how deeply this will sadden 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 in situations that stir within them a desire to remain attached to their native land and traditions, as they also explore and take advantage of the newfound freedom, both social and economic, that life in a new country offers.

In these deeply moving, acutely insightful, and often strikingly humorous stories we are reminded again of the storytelling prowess of this superb writer.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Used availability for Ha Jin's A Good Fall

Hardback Editions

November 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Good Fall: Stories
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 0-307-37868-3 / 978-0-307-37868-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

October 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Good Fall (Vintage International)
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 0-307-47394-5 / 978-0-307-47394-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

December 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Good Fall: Stories (Library Edition)
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 1-4417-1142-2 / 978-1-4417-1142-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Good Fall
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 1-4417-1143-0 / 978-1-4417-1143-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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December 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Good Fall: Stories
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 1-4417-1145-7 / 978-1-4417-1145-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2009 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Good Fall: Stories
Author(s): Ha Jin
ISBN: 1-4417-1146-5 / 978-1-4417-1146-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Good Fall: Stories
Author(s): Ha Jin
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   


November 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Good Fall: Stories
Author(s): Ha Jin
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Good Fall: Stories (Vintage International)
Author(s): Ha Jin
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU