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By Ha Jin

A New York Times outstanding booklet the best Books of the yr: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, leisure Weekly, SlateIn A unfastened Life, Ha Jin follows the Wu kinfolk -- father Nan, mom Pingping, and son Taotao -- as they sever their ties with China within the aftermath of the 1989 bloodbath at Tiananmen sq. and start a brand new existence within the usa. As Nan takes on a couple of menial jobs, finally working a restaurant with Pingping, he struggles to evolve to the yankee lifestyle and to carry his family members jointly, while he pines for a girl he enjoyed and misplaced in his early life. Ha Jin's prodigious skills are in complete strength as he brilliantly brings to lifestyles the struggles and successes of the modern immigrant experience.

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But along came Raymond and I didn’t come back to you, I just didn’t. When you finally got to the bus stop, the bus was just pulling up and your knee was all bloody and the purple barrette that Mom put in your hair was dangling from one little piece of your hair. You budged right in front of all the kids in line for the bus to stand next to me and I pretended you weren’t even there. 38 Heather Gudenkauf When we climbed on the bus, I sat down with Raymond. You just stood in the aisle, waiting for me to scootch over and make room for you, but I turned my back on you to talk to Raymond.

I look out the kitchen window and see Martin and Louis step out of Louis’s car, Martin’s shirt already soaked with the day’s heat. The girls are not with them. Ben will find them. They are of one mind, and he will find them. Deputy Sheriff Louis Martin Gregory and I approach Toni’s front door. Martin has had no luck in locating his daughter or Toni’s, and I am hopeful that the girls will be sitting at the kitchen table eating Toni’s pancakes, or that they have shown up at the Gregorys’ where Fielda waits for them.

When Griff and I found each other, it was such a relief. We could breathe easily, at least for a while. Then things changed, like they always do. Like now, when once again, I can’t find him when I need him. I nervously fold and refold the dish towels from the kitchen drawer and I think I should give my brothers a call, tell them what’s happening. But the thought of putting the fact that T h e We i g h t of S i l e n c e 61 Calli is lost or worse into words is too frightening. I look out the kitchen window and see Martin and Louis step out of Louis’s car, Martin’s shirt already soaked with the day’s heat.

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