Author(s): Ha Jin
Lin Kong, a devoted and ambitious doctor, is in love with an educated, modern woman, Mannu Wu. But, his family chose a wife for him when he was young. Tracing these lives through their summer of decision, this work conjures the texture of daily life in a place where the demands of human longing must contend with the weight of centuries of wisdom.
Winner of US National Book Award for Fiction 1999. Shortlisted for Irish Times Literary Prize,International Fiction 2001.