- Series: Vintage Contemporaries
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; unknown edition (January 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307389227
- ISBN-13: 978-0307389220
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gish Jen is the author of four novels, a book of stories, and two books of nonfiction, The Girl at the Baggage Claim and Tiger Writing. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She teaches from time to time in China and otherwise lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.