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The Bridegroom: Stories
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The Bridegroom: Stories by Ha Jin

From the National Book Award-winning author ofWaiting, a new collection of short fiction that confirms Ha Jins reputation as a master storyteller. Each of The Bridegrooms twelve stories--three of which have been selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories--takes us back to Muji City in contemporary China, the setting ofWaiting. It is a world both exotic and disarmingly familiar, one in which Chinese men and women meet with small epiphanies and muted triumphs, leavening their lives of quiet desperation through subtle insubordination and sometimes crafty resolve. In the title story, a seemingly model husband joins a secret mens literary club and finds himself arrested for the bourgeois crime of homosexuality. Alive centers on an official who loses his memory in an earthquake and lives happily for months as a simple worker; when he suddenly remembers who he is, he finds that his return to his old life proves inconvenient for everyone. In A Tiger-Fighter Is Hard to Find, a television crews inept attempt to film a fight scene with a live Siberian tiger lands their lead actor in a mental hospital, convinced that he is the mythical tiger-fighter Wu Song. Reversals, transformations, and surprises abound in these assured stories, as Ha Jin seizes on the possibility that things might not be as they seem. Parables for our times--with a hint of the reckless and the absurd that we have come to expect from Ha Jin--The Bridegroomoffers tales both mischievous and wise.

Author: Ha Jin

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 225

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 2000-10-03

Our Price: $4.09

ISBN: 0375420673

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