Book Name: Below the Line Book
Author: Sara Chin 
Category: A Special Books
Language: English
Format: PDF
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Whether it’s an immigrant woman who loves to watch American action movies or a young American-born woman who joins a film crew in China, these stories are about Chinese Americans trying to make sense of their divided history and culture. As both the immigrant and the American-raised generations succumb to some deeply American impulses, notions of home and language, and self gets misplaced, repositioned, and changed, and nostalgia, dreams, and desire reinvent history and memory.

“Below the Line is a page-turner, a rich and satisfying collection. The language is lean and elegant, the humor sly, the characters poignant, quirky, and all-too-human, moving with jet-set ease from East to West and back again…Sara Chin is a smart, welcome new voice in contemporary fiction.”—Jessica Hagedorn.

“Sara Chin, with a careful ear, takes the reader below the line, where guttural utterances like eh and nh matter, where sounds of immigrant life intrude on a muted screen filled with American signage and gesture.”—Karen Tei Yamashita.

“Sara Chin writes with subtlety, wit, and feeling…Which one of us cannot identify in some way with the lonely exile’s tragicomic struggle for survival and meaning, like the immigrant father who, having made it through bombings and political upheaval in China, gets frantically lost circling the Washington, D.C. Beltway loop? These wonderful stories express a luminous intelligence and are told with compassion.”—Elaine Kim.

“Alternating between short stories and even shorter glimpses of the world, Below the Line (City Lights) careens dangerously on the edge of breakdown: emotional, linguistic, familial, and cultural. Her characters are imbued with the weird and lovely qualities of those living on this precipice.”—Lawrence Chua, BOMB Magazine.

“Chin’s themes are compelling, but her pace and language are less slow, unmelodious, and more akin to script direction than storytelling. Still, in page-long vignettes before each tale, this first-timer displays her true potential, evoking scenes in a sensitively visual language.”—Kirkus Reviews

Sara Chin lives and works in San Francisco.


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Publisher: City Lights Publishers, Year: 2001

ISBN: 087286331X,9780872863316


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