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“The Year She Left Us,” by Kathryn Ma

The Year She Left Us: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback))

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‘The Year She Left Us,’ by Kathryn Ma

What we needed was a slash-and-burn reimagining of how Chinese American families are American. San Francisco writer Kathryn Ma, a former lawyer who won the prestigious 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Award for "All That Work and Still No Boys," begins the task ferociously in her debut novel "The Year She Left Us."

What we needed was a slash-and-burn reimagining of how Chinese American families are American. San Francisco writer Kathryn Ma, a former lawyer who won the prestigious 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Award for "All That Work and Still No Boys," begins the task ferociously in her debut novel "The Year She Left Us."

The Year She Left Us: A Novel (P.S

Title: The Year She Left Us: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Ma
ISBN: 0-06-227334-5 / 978-0-06-227334-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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The Year She Left Us - Kathryn Ma - Hardcover

She shouldn't be so quick with her cosmopolitanism, though. American stories train their eye on the dazzling, enfeebled individual. In "The Year She Left Us," that's everybody. With great cleverness, Ma injects her Chinese family with American realism while playing up their ability to sidestep Adam Gopnik's recent lament in the about the American novel: "[I]n a country dedicated to the proposition of the autonomous individual, books about people defined by their place in a social web will never fly, while books about autonomous agents will always have a market."

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.