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A Free Life

Ha Jin, Jason Ma (Narrated by)

Compact Disc

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/29/2007)
Paperback (1/27/2009)
MP3 CD (11/1/2007)
Compact Disc (10/30/2007)
Compact Disc (10/1/2007)
Hardcover (10/30/2007)


Meet the Wu family--father Nan, mother Pingping, and son Taotao. They are arranging to fully sever ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square, and to begin a new, free life in the United States. At first, their future seems well-assured. But after the fallout from Tiananmen, Nan's disillusionment turns him toward his first love, poetry. Leaving his studies, he takes on a variety of menial jobs as Pingping works for a wealthy widow as a cook and housekeeper. As Pingping and Taotao slowly adjust to American life, Nan still feels a strange attachment to his homeland, though he violently disagrees with Communist policy. But severing all ties--including his love for a woman who rejected him in his youth--proves to be more difficult than he could have ever imagined.

BBC Audiobooks, 9781602839885

Publication Date: June 29, 2010

About the Author

Ha Jin was born in China in 1956. His novel "Waiting" won the National Book Award for fiction as well as the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999. He lives in the Boston area and is a professor of English at Boston University.

Jason Ma is an accomplished actor and audiobook narrator. He has appeared on and off Broadway in a variety of shows including "Miss Saigon, Sly Fox, Shogun the Musical, Prince of Central Park, " and "Chu Chem."