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Ha Jin

Author of Waiting

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About the Author

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 and is now a professor of English at Emory University. He is author of, among other works, two short-story collections: Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, and Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction. His novel show more Waiting won the National Book Award for fiction in 1999. He lives in Atlanta. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Ha Jin

Waiting (1999) 4,000 copies
War Trash (2005) 1,146 copies
The Crazed (2002) 807 copies
The Bridegroom: Stories (2000) 713 copies
A Free Life (2007) 692 copies
In the Pond (1998) 442 copies
A Good Fall: Stories (2009) 339 copies
Nanjing Requiem (2011) 278 copies
A Map of Betrayal (2014) 243 copies
Ocean of Words: Army Stories (1996) 176 copies
Under the Red Flag: Stories (1997) 149 copies
The Boat Rocker (2016) 126 copies
The Boat Rocker (2021) 67 copies
The Writer as Migrant (2008) 57 copies

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 534 copies
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (2008) — Contributor — 505 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 443 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 385 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 346 copies
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (2010) — Contributor — 131 copies
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Contributor — 70 copies
Novel Voices (2003) — Contributor — 54 copies


Common Knowledge



Slow and steady pain. Indecision, not knowing what you really want can destroy all. Set in Mao's China makes it of particular interest.
77nanci | 78 other reviews | Nov 11, 2023 |
I always approach books of short stories with a little trepidation. Sometimes I feel very unfulfilled by the short form, sometimes I feel like I get worn out reading and situating my self over and over in stories by the same author. Historically, its been really hard for me to make it through a short story collection without taking long breaks or getting burnt out or bored in the process.

This was an exception.

I read straight through this and really really enjoyed every story. Jin's characters are so well formed. The stories were all distinct and all of them were arced in a way that felt really satisfying. I love stories that give me insight into other people lives - these all succeeded in really giving some light to lives very different from mine and I really appreciated all the stories and felt like I knew the characters well. I haven't read Jin before this - and will definitely seek out his other works.… (more)
alanna1122 | 12 other reviews | Oct 30, 2023 |
Here's what I wrote in 2009 about this read: "Simple story of yearning, and waiting for life to line up well enough to enjoy. But perhaps we are intended to make the most of what we have, since one can always want something slightly beyond reach. A simple story, full of insights re daily life in Communist China of 1980's; an educational read on two fronts."
MGADMJK | 78 other reviews | Aug 2, 2023 |
Thoughtful, easy-to-read novel about the accidental journey of Tian Yao - from celebrated and acclaimed singer with a thriving career in China to struggling, impoverished, but ultimately grateful citizen of the US. I was constantly on edge waiting for the story to become a nightmarish, Kafka-esque tale of persecution and treachery, yet it was never that. The author does something different. He simply tells the story straightforwardly and lets Tian's evolution unfold, showing the reader that here is a person of great character and integrity. His relationships with family and friends are sometimes moving, sometimes perplexing, but always interesting. The descriptions of food are a nice bonus!… (more)
Octavia78 | 6 other reviews | Jul 26, 2023 |



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