ha jin's free life

Here's an interesting Newsweek article on A Free Life, the latest novel by acclaimed, award-winning author Ha Jin: The Americanization of Ha Jin. And here's a story from NPR: Immigrant Struggles to Find Meaning in 'A Free Life'. It's Ha Jin's first novel set in America. He emigrated to the U.S. from China in the aftermath of Tiananmen Square, and had only been writing in English for twelve years when he won the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Waiting in 1999. Not bad for a guy who listed English as a last choice for his preferred courses of study during college. Now he's writing novels and winning awards. Damn. I'm looking forward to picking up the new book.

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