Kathryn Ma, author of The Year She Left Us, on tour May 2014

Posted By on April 21, 2014

The Year She Left UsAbout The Year She Left Us

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 13, 2014)

The Kong women are in crisis. A disastrous trip to visit her “home” orphanage in China has plunged eighteen-year-old Ari into a self-destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, a lawyer with a great heart, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her beautiful, Bryn Mawr–educated mother, Gran—who, as the daughter of a cultured Chinese doctor, came to America to survive Mao’s Revolution—and her sister, Les, a brilliant judge with a penchant for ruling over everyone’s lives.

As they cope with Ari’s journey of discovery and its aftermath, the Kong women will come face-to-face with the truths of their lives—four powerful, intertwining stories of accomplishment, tenacity, secrets, loneliness, and love. Beautifully illuminating the bonds of family and blood, The Year She Left Us explores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, the debt we owe to others, and what we owe to ourselves. Full of pathos and humor, featuring a quartet of unforgettable characters, it marks the debut of an important new voice in American fiction.

Praise for The Year She Left Us

“A sweeping success-a standout from the many novels about Chinese assimilation and the families of Chinese immigrants-with a fascinating protagonist with a troubling past….This is a family saga of insight, regret, and pathos, and it is not to be missed.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Kathryn Ma’s first novel is electrified by the enraged tenderness of its alienated young protagonist. Part mystery, part odyssey, The Year She Left Us heralds the arrival of a fierce, subtle new American voice.” – Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

“The characters of Kathryn Ma’s glittering debut novel are complicated, infuriating, and hugely sympathetic…I envy readers coming to these pages for the first time.” – Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

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Kathryn MaAbout Kathryn Ma

Kathryn Ma is the author of the story collection All That Work and Still No Boys, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award. The book was named a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Discoveries Book. She is also the recipient of the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction. Before becoming a writer, Ma was a partner in a California law firm. She lives with her family in San Francisco. This is her first novel.

Find out more about Kathryn at her website, follow her on Twitter, and connect with her on Facebook.

Kathryn’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 13th: Books in the City

Thursday, May 22nd: A Bookish Way of Life

Tuesday, May 27th: River City Reading

Wednesday, May 28th: A Patchwork of Books

Monday, June 2nd: Drey’s Library

Tuesday, June 3rd: BookNAround

Monday, June 9th: BoundbyWords

Tuesday, June 10th: red headed book child

Wednesday, June 11th: Olduvai Reads

Thursday, June 12th: Book-alicious Mama

Friday, June 13th: From the TBR Pile

Friday, June 13th: Turn the Page

Tuesday, June 17th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Thursday, June 19th: The Infinite Shelf


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