November 1, 2014 Ha Jin's new spy novel resembles the story of the real-life Chinese agent Larry Chin — and echoes the expat author's own experiences. But, he notes, a writer's life is less political than a spy's.
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October 5, 2010 It's a seductive week in paperback, with love stories from Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and Pulitzer Prize-winner Phillip Roth, and an intimate glimpse into Louis Armstrong's life from Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout.
November 24, 2009 This week, Michael Crichton's last book, ever, sails the seas of pirate adventure. In story collections: Alice Munro's strong and subtly mysterious women; Ha Jin's immigrants caught between two worlds. And a space-program history finds surprising drama in the unmanned voyages.
November 4, 2007 In his first novel set in America, critically acclaimed author Ha Jin explores the meaning of the American dream in A Free Life. In the aftermath of Tiananmen Square, his protagonist dreams of being a poet, but soon finds himself swamped in mortgage payments and obligations in suburban Atlanta.
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