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The Boat Rocker

by Ha Jin

The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin X
The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2016, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2017, 240 pages

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Donna Chavez

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An urgent, timely novel that follows an aspiring author, an outrageous book idea, and a lone journalist's dogged quest for truth in the Internet age.

Ha Jin's imperfect novel has a perfect protagonist. Hero Feng Danlin is everything a journalist ought to be, except when he's not. Let me explain.

Danlin is a thirty-something Chinese expatriate who recently passed his American citizenship test. He's a journalist working for a small New York-based Internet news agency that prides itself on clean reportage and informative content that enlightens readers the world over, even in Mainland China. It's the mid-aughts, George W. Bush is in the White House, and one day Danlin's boss, Kaiming, presents him with a dubious assignment. Danlin's ex-wife Yan Heili has apparently written a novel and he wants the journalist to investigate and review it:

I said, "So what do you want me to do? This is an arts and culture story – I never write about that kind of thing in my column."
"This time you will. This goes beyond ...

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