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Chinese-born novelist and poet Ha Jin won the National Book Award in 1999 for Waiting, a tremendous feat considering it – and all his work - wasn’t written in his native tongue: while attending Brandeis university in 1989, Ha Jin (a pen name for Jin Xuefei) decided to remain in the United States following the Tiananmen Square massacre, and chose to write only in English. A Good Fall is his fourth story collection, and set in Flushing, New York, which boasts a large, vibrant Chinese community. These twelve compelling tales pit one generation against another, old values against new, and contrasts the desire for Western prosperity with the dire challenges, dislocation, and loneliness of newly-arrived immigrants.