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American Inexperience

He became a great novelist by writing about his communist homeland. But can Ha Jin find the same success writing about his adopted country?

SLICE OF LIFE Ha Jin, shown at a Waltham diner, immersed himself in US culture as he wrote his forthcoming novel, A Free Life .
SLICE OF LIFE Ha Jin, shown at a Waltham diner, immersed himself in US culture as he wrote his forthcoming novel, A Free Life. (Photo / Tanit Sakakini) Photo / Tanit Sakakini
By Doug Most
September 3, 2006

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READING THE FIRST LINE of a great novel is like peering inside the author's window. Sometimes the window is only cracked open, so you have no choice but to read on to get a better idea of where this story is going. Call me Ishmael . Other times, the window is so wide open that by the time you're done ... (Full article: 3358 words)

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