Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

An Early 2010 Favorite

I’m not a big fan of short stories, but when one of my favorite novelists publishes a short story collection, I usually read it and am seldom disappointed.

A Good Fall by National Book award winner, Ha Jin, is a strong collection of loosely related stories. All are set in the Chinese immigrant community in Flushing area of New York City. They address the challenges and loneliness of finding one’s place in America from various generational perspectives. He writes of anxiety and trust, desire for love and companionship, economic challenges.

I know it’s way too early to be thinking about my favorites of 2010, but this just could be a contender.


A Good Fall


Other well received books that mine the thematic territory of the "American immigrant experience" narrative are Joseph O'Neill's Netherland, the works of Alexsandar Hemon and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

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