A Free Life by Ha Jin audiobook

A Free Life

By Ha Jin
Read by Jaeson Ma

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781602833005

  • ISBN: 9780792750437

  • ISBN: 9780792750826

  • ISBN: 9780792765714

Runtime: 21.84 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Meet the Wu family—father Nan, mother Pingping, and son Taotao. They are arranging to fully sever ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square, and to begin a new, free life in the United States. At first, their future seems well-assured. 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 as Pingping works for a wealthy widow as a cook and housekeeper. As Pingping and Taotao slowly adjust to American life, Nan still feels a strange attachment to his homeland, though he violently disagrees with Communist policy. But severing all ties—including his love for a woman who rejected him in his youth—proves to be more difficult than he could have ever imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Striking…Jin’s language has ripened into something extraordinary.” The Washington Post
“A leisurely, generous tale…As vast and unbounded as the brave and overwhelming new world it describes.” Boston Globe
“Ha Jin writes of sacrifice, isolation, and valor with uncommon perception…Capacious, pointillistic, empathic, and tender, Ha Jin’s tale of one immigrant family’s odyssey in America affirms humankind’s essential mission, to honor life.” Booklist (starred review)
A Free Life offers the greatest reward to those who read with patience and in quiet contemplation, absorbing the author’s passion for language.” Bookmarks Magazine

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Author

Author Bio: Ha Jin

Author Bio: Ha Jin

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of eight novels, four story collections, a book of essays, and six books of poetry. He received the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Flannery O’Connor Award, among others. His novel War Trash was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is director of the creative writing program at Boston University.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 21.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English