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Winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Fiction!

In Waiting, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author Ha Jin draws on his intimate knowledge of contemporary China to create a novel of unexpected richness and feeling. This is the story of Lin Kong, a man living in two worlds, struggling with the conflicting claims of two utterly different women as he moves through the political minefields of a society designed to regulate his every move and stifle the promptings of his innermost heart.

For more than seventeen years, this devoted and ambitious doctor has been in love with an educated, clever, modern woman, Manna Wu. But back in the traditional world of his home village lives the wife his family chose for him when he was young--a humble and touchingly loyal woman, whom he visits in order to ask, again and again, for a divorce. In a culture in which the ancient ties of tradition and family still hold sway and where adultery discovered by the Party can ruin lives forever, Lin's passionate love is stretched ever more taut by the passing years. Every summer, his compliant wife agrees to a divorce but then backs out. This time, Lin promises, will be different.

Tracing these lives through their summer of decision and beyond, Ha Jin vividly conjures the texture of daily life in a place where the demands of human longing must contend with the weight of centuries of custom. Waiting charms and startles us  with its depiction of a China that remains hidden to Western eyes even as it moves us with its piercing vision of the universal

complications of love.

About the Author

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of two books of poetry; two collections of stories, Ocean of  Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1997, and Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction in 1996; and In the Pond, a novel. He lives near Atlanta, where he is a professor of English at Emory University.

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China Traveler, January 9, 2010 (view all comments by China Traveler)
Mysterious, unfathomable China exists as much in the 20th century as in the distant past. Menstruation police, mandatory exercise at sunrise, dormitory living for single men and women, food deprivations, forced labor, and travel restrictions distinguish post-Mao China. But according to Jin Ha, perhaps worst of all is the state's involvement in personal relationships and the emotional hardship that ensues. Waiting can extinguish even the most ardent love between soul mates, turning joy into lifeless lassitude and youthful pleasure into middle-aged bitterness. Just as easily, it can also re-affirm an attachment to a loveless love, making the emotional sterility of not-loving seem the better alternative.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375406539
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Jin, Ha
Publisher:
Pantheon
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Political
Subject:
China
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
China History 1949-1976 Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
98/488
Publication Date:
19990921
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.63x5.97x1.14 in. 1.08 lbs.

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