A Map of Betrayal

By Ha Jin
Pantheon Books, Hardcover, 9780307911605, 304pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

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Description
A "Christian Science Monitor" Best Book of the Year
From the award-winning author of "Waiting" and "War Trash: " a riveting tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries--China and the United States--and two families.
When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father's diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary, an astonishing chronicle of his journey as a Communist intelligence agent, reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed--and point to a hidden second family that he'd left behind in China. As Lilian follows her father's trail back into the Chinese provinces, she begins to grasp the extent of his dilemma: he is a man torn between loyalty to his motherland and the love he came to feel for his adopted country. She sees how his sense of duty distorted his life, and as she starts to understand that Gary too had been betrayed, Lilian finds that it is up to her to prevent his tragedy from endangering yet another generation of Shangs.
A stunning portrait of a multinational family and an unflinching inquiry into the meaning of citizenship, patriotism, and home, "A Map of Betrayal" is a spy novel that only Ha Jin could write.



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 at Emory University.



NPR
Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews "A Map of Betrayal" by Ha Jin. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Saturday, Nov 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. More at NPR.org

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