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The Resource A free life, Ha Jin

A free life, Ha Jin

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A free life
Title
A free life
Statement of responsibility
Ha Jin
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "We follow the Wu family - father Nan, mother Pingping, and son Taotao - as they fully sever their ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and begin a new, free life in the United States." "At first, their future seems assured - Nan's graduate work in political science at Brandeis University would guarantee him a teaching position in China - but after the fallout from Tiananmen, Nan's disillusionment turns him toward his first love, poetry. Leaving his studies, he takes on a variety of menial jobs while Pingping works for a wealthy widow as a cook and housekeeper. As Nan struggles to adapt to a new language and culture, his love of poetry and literature sustains him through difficult, lean years."
  • "Nan moves from Boston to New York to Atlanta, ever in search of financial stability and success, even in a culture that sometimes feels oppressive and hostile. As Pingping and Taotao slowly adjust to American life, Nan still feels a strange, paradoxical attachment to his homeland, though he violently disagrees with Communist policy. And severing all ties - including his love for a woman who rejected him in his youth - proves to be more difficult than he could ever have imagined."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
In the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Nan Wu, who had studied in the U.S. in the mid-1980s, leaves China with his wife and son to seek the freedom of the West, embarking on a migration that takes them through the heart of contemporary America
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2007.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2007
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
180084
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jin, Ha
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Poetry
  • Chinese
  • Immigrants
  • Poets
Target audience
adult

Library Locations

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