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Author: Ha Jin Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543612608
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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 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 demand 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Luminous…Eloquent…[Waiting] provides…a crash course in Chinese society during and since the Cultural Revolution, and a more leisurely but nonetheless compelling exploration of the less exotic terrain that is the human heart.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A vivid bit of storytelling, fluid and earthy…Reminiscent of Hemingway in its scope, simplicity, and precise language…A graceful human allegory.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Achingly beautiful…Ha Jin depicts the details of social etiquette, of food, of rural family relationships and the complex yet alarmingly primitive fabric of provincial life with that absorbed passion for minutiae characteristic of Dickens and Balzac.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Subtle and complex…His best work to date. A moving meditation on the effects of time upon love.”

    Washington Post

  • “Remarkable…Compellingly ingenious…Gorgeously cinematic.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A wry, lovely novel…Unexpectedly moving…So quietly and carefully told that…we read on patiently, pleasantly distracted, wondering when something will happen. Only when we’ve finished do we understand just how much has, and how much waiting can be its own painful reward.”

    Newsday

  • “A subtle beauty…A sad, poignantly funny tale.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “Impeccably deadpan…A deliciously comic novel.”

    Time

  • “A wonderfully ironic novel…Complex and sad as life…It captures the difficulties of love in totalitarian China with sharp prose and a convincing portrayal of human vagaries.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “[Jin] reveals some startlingly original insights on human life and love…in a narrative that dazzles…with its simplicity and grace.”

    Providence Sunday Journal

  • “[Waiting is] a masterpiece of realism and a work of ironic allegory…Through an accumulation of small, deft brushstrokes, twentieth century China is superimposed onto the landscape of an ancient, painted scroll.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Enlightening…A delicate rendering of the universal complications of love…Ha Jin’s natural storytelling quietly captures the texture of daily life in a dual Chinese culture…No detail is extraneous in this sad, funny, and often wise novel.”

    Village Voice

  • Winner of the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award
  • A 2000 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • Winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Fiction
  • A 1999 Time Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction

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About the Author

Author 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.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.