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marlene lopez

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of six previous novels, four story collections, three volumes of poetry, and a book of essays. He has received the National Book Award, the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Ha Jin joins the elite group of Philip Roth, John Edgar Wideman, and E.L. Doctorow as the only two-time winners of the PEN/Faulkner Award (for Waiting and War Trash).  In 2014, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In his latest novel, The Boat Rocker (Penguin Random House), a Chinese expatriate, Feng Danlin, is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by Chinese all over the world. Danlin’s explosive exposés have made him legendary among readers—and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom. A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force.