The Boat Rocker

The Boat Rocker

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Random House, Inc.
From the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash: 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.

New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by the Chinese diaspora around the world. Danlin’s explosive exposés have made him legendary among readers—and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom.

Haili’s scheme infuriates Danlin both morally and personally—he will do whatever it takes to expose her as a fraud. But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies, and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to emerge from this investigation with his career—and his life—still intact. A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force of modern fiction.

Baker & Taylor
Rendered famous for his explosive anti-Communist exposT, a fiercely principled Chinese expatriate reporter endures an excruciating assignment investigating his own ex-wife, an unscrupulous novelist who has become a pawn of the Chinese government. Reading-group guide available. By the National Book Award-winning author of Waiting.

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"New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by Chinese all over the world. Danlin's explosive exposâes have made him legendary among readers--and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom. Hanli's scheme infuriates Danlin both morally and personally--he will do whatever it takes to expose her as a fraud. But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies, and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to come out of this investigation with his career--and his life--still intact. A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force"--
Famous for his explosive anti-Communist exposâe, a fiercely principled Chinese expatriate reporter endures an excruciating assignment investigating his own ex-wife, an unscrupulous novelist who has become a pawn of the Chinese government.

Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780307911629
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 22 cm

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RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

No writer confronts the deep-seated corruption of China’s communist party with more piercing insight than Ha Jin. In his novel The Boat Rocker, the main character Feng Danlin is a naturalized American citizen. Now living in New York City, he writes columns for the Global News Agency, an online site that has gained reputability by reporting on the waywardness of China’s political machine. When Danlin’s boss asks him to investigate why the Chinese government is oddly backing an unknown author and her romance novel in U.S. markets, Danlin jumps at the opportunity to expose the fraudulence of the book, especially since the author is Danlin’s ex-wife, Yan Haili. Narrated from Danlin’s perspective, the story charts the mudslinging that ensues between Danlin’s associates and Haili’s backing within the Chinese communist party. Danlin’s quest for the truth becomes derailed due to forces of collusion and bribery, which are set in motion from deep within the communist government. Ha Jin is a master at employing wit and humor to address critical social issues, and his clean and spare prose has never been more fluid than it is in this engaging novel. Even though an element of comedy resides throughout the story, it is seamlessly underscored with the frightening reality of corruption in which Ha Jin brings to light within the machinations of the Chinese government.

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