Ma Jian’s searing work centers around China’s notorious one-child policy, depicting a rural family who becomes pregnant with their second child and must go on the run to retain the most basic of human rights.
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December 5: "It's common these days for memoirs of childhood to concentrate on some dark secret within the author's ostensibly happy family.... Memoir in America is an atrocity arms race."
Novelist Wiley Cash uncovers the notebook of his seventh-grade self: "Halloween Hallow," Die Hard, and an apprentice writer's first work of suspense.
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