Jin's account of daily life in China is convincing and rich in detail. The chicago tribune"compassionate, earthy, robust, and wise, Waiting blends provocative allegory with all-too-human comedy. Ha jin's understanding of the human heart and the human condition transcends borders and time. From the idyllic countryside to the small towns in northeast China, Jin's depictions are filled with an earthy poetic grace--.
Waiting Vintage International #ad - In waiting, ha jin portrays the life of lin kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. A moving meditation on the effects of time upon love. The washington Post"A high achievement indeed.
Ian buruma, the new york review of books"A portrait of Chinese provincial life that terrifies with its emptiness even more than with its all-pervasive vulgarity. With wisdom, and empathy for all his characters, restraint, he vividly reveals the complexities and subtleties of a world and a people we desperately need to know.
The Boat Rocker: A NovelVintage #ad - From the award-winning author of waiting and war Trash: an urgent, an outrageous book idea, timely novel that follows an aspiring author, and a lone journalist’s dogged quest for truth in the Internet age. New york, 2005. Danlin’s explosive exposés have made him legendary among readers—and feared by Communist officials.
But in outing haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies, and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to emerge from this investigation with his career—and his life—still intact. A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force of modern fiction.
The Boat Rocker: A Novel #ad - But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom. Haili’s scheme infuriates Danlin both morally and personally—he will do whatever it takes to expose her as a fraud.
Chinese expatriate feng danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by the Chinese diaspora around the world.
The Winter of the World: A NovelHarperCollins e-books #ad - Yet even after the great war is over, he cannot shake the guilt he feels for not serving on the front lines like his dearest childhood friend, Ted Eden. Worse still, alex cannot put to rest the emotions that gnaw at him from the inside: his feelings for Clare, Ted's wife—a woman they both have loved more than life itself.
A masterful debut novel from the acclaimed author of The Hidden Life of Otto Frank, Carol Ann Lee's Winter of the World combines fascinating historical detail and color with breathtaking invention. A heartbreaking and powerful story of personal demons and the hard journey back from an abyss of betrayal in the aftermath of World War IJournalist Alex Dyer made his name covering the bloody horrors of the European trenches.
The Winter of the World: A Novel #ad - Recalling the fire of the battlefield and the nightmare of the trenches, it brilliantly evokes a volatile time when life was frozen in the present tense and looking forward was the only thing more painful than looking back.
A Map of Betrayal: A Novel Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - As lilian follows her father’s trail back into the Chinese provinces, she begins to grasp the extent of his dilemma: he is a man torn between loyalty to his motherland and the love he came to feel for his adopted country. She knew that her father, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, Gary, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught.
A christian science monitor best book of the yearfrom the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash: a riveting tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries—China and the United States—and two families. She sees how his sense of duty distorted his life, and as she starts to understand that Gary too had been betrayed, Lilian finds that it is up to her to prevent his tragedy from endangering yet another generation of Shangs.
A Map of Betrayal: A Novel Vintage International #ad - A stunning portrait of a multinational family and an unflinching inquiry into the meaning of citizenship, patriotism, and home, A Map of Betrayal is a spy novel that only Ha Jin could write. But his diary, an astonishing chronicle of his journey as a Communist intelligence agent, reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed—and point to a hidden second family that he’d left behind in China.
When lilian shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains.
Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe BookEcco #ad - In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe and Ford attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. A brilliant new work that returns richard ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winning Independence Day, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, and The Lay of the Land.
In his trio of world-acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Through bascombe—protean, often inappropriate—we’ve witnessed the aspirations, wise, sorrows, funny, longings, profane, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.
Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book #ad - Now, in let me be frank with You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers.
The Spectator Bird Penguin ClassicsPenguin Books #ad - From the “dean of western writers” the new york times and the pulitzer prize winning–author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety, in his own words, his National Book Award–winning novel A Penguin Classic Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, "just killing time until time gets around to killing me.
His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. He passes through life as a spectator. A postcard from a friend causes allston to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before, a journey to his mother's birthplace where he'd sought a link with the past.
The Spectator Bird Penguin Classics #ad - The memories of that trip, both grotesque and poignant, move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice.
Grace Notes: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - With superb artistry and startling intimacy, vexed lover, it brings us into the life of Catherine McKenna—estranged daughter, new mother, and musician making her mark in a male-dominated world. Shortlisted for the booker prize and the whitbread prizeThe luminous novel by one of the finest living Irish writers, which Brian Moore has praised as "in every sense a triumph…moving throughout and ending triumphantly and joyously in its own special music.
Grace notes is a compact and altogether masterful portrait of a woman composer and the complex interplay between her life and her art. It is a book that the virginia Woolf of A Room of One's Own would instantly understand.
Ocean of Words: Stories Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - . These stories are shot through with wit and offer glimpses of human motivation that defy retelling. Winner of the pen/hemingway AwardThe place is the chilly border between Russia and China. The time is the early 1970s when the two giants were poised on the brink of war. Read them all. Boston globe“an exceptional new talent, capable of wringing rich surprises out of austere materials.
Portland Oregonian. Ocean of words is a triumphant volume, poignant, hilarious, and harrowing. A compelling collection of stories, powerful in their unity of theme and rich in their diversity of styles. New york times Book Review“Extraordinary. And the characters in this thrilling collection of stories are Chinese soldiers who must constantly scrutinize the enemy even as they themselves are watched for signs of the fatal disease of bourgeois liberalism.
Ocean of Words: Stories Vintage International #ad - In ocean of words, the chinese writer Ha Jin explores the predicament of these simple, barely literate men with breathtaking concision and humanity. From amorous telegraphers to a pugnacious militiaman, from an inscrutable Russian prisoner to an effeminate but enthusiastic recruit, Ha Jin's characters possess a depth and liveliness that suggest Isaac Babel's Cossacks and Tim O'Brien's GIs.
The Quick and the Dead Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - One filled with convictions, they traverse an air-conditioned landscape eccentric with signs and portents--from the preservation of the living dead in a nursing home to the presentation of the dead as living in a wildlife museum--accompanied by restless, the third with a worldly pragmatism, another with loss, confounded adults.
. With nature thoroughly routed and the ambiguities of existence on full display, life and death continue in directions both invisible and apparent. A pulitzer prize finalistfrom one of our most heralded writers--joy williams belongs, "in the company of Céline, James Salter has written, Flannery O'Connor, and Margaret Atwood"--her first novel in more than a decade: the life-and-death adventures of three misfit teenagers in the American desert.
The Quick and the Dead Vintage Contemporaries #ad - Alice, each a motherless child, and Annabel, Corvus, are an unlikely circle of friends. A father lusts after his handsome gardener even as he's haunted literally by his dead wife; a heartbroken dog runs afoul of an angry neighbor; a young stroke victim drifts westward, his luck running from worse to awful; a sickly musician for whom Alice develops an attraction is drawn instead toward darker imaginings and solutions; and an aging big-game hunter finds spiritual renewal through his infatuation with an eight-year-old--the formidable Emily Bliss Pickless.
Gloriously funny and wonderfully serious, the thirst for meaning, The Quick and the Dead limns the vagaries of love, and the peculiar paths by which all creatures are led to their destiny. A panorama of contemporary life and an endlessly surprising tour de force: penetrating and magical, ominous and comic, this is the most astonishing book yet in Joy Williams's illustrious career.
Thirteen Ways of Looking: FictionRandom House #ad - Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments. That he makes the story so emotionally compelling is a sign of his genius. In “sh’khol, ” a mother spending christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland.
. The powerful title story loiters in the mind long after you’ve read it. Sarah lyall, the new york times “McCann unspools complex and unforgettable stories in this, his first collection in more than a decade. The boston globe “mccann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters.
Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction #ad - The wall street journal “powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann’s beautifully wrought writing in Thirteen Ways of Looking glides off the page. Buzzfeed “mccann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin so acclaimed. The huffington Post. Caught in the rushing currents of this drama, you know you’re reading a little masterpiece.
The Idiot: A NovelPenguin Books #ad - A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. A new york times book review notable bookfinalist for the Pulitzer Prize for FictionLonglisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction"An addictive, sprawling epic; I wolfed it down. Miranda july, author of the first bad man and It Chooses You “Easily the funniest book I’ve read this year.
Gqa portrait of the artist as a young woman. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting.
For selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings.
At the end of the school year, and selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan's friends. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana.
The Idiot: A Novel #ad - Selin's summer in europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood.