The Year She Left Us: A Novel

The Year She Left Us: A Novel

by Kathryn Ma


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ISBN-13: 9780062273345
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Year She Left Us: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Year She Left Us follows the four women of the Kong family, spanning three generations, each with her own distinct personality and perspective. Kathryn Ma's debut novel is both an immigrant story and a coming of age story, one that tackles the intricacies of international adoption, family obligation, and abandonment issues from a variety of angles. These are four very strong, realistic female characters. They are independent and self-reliant, carrying themselves with confidence despite whatever turmoil they are facing within. Sometimes that confident facade invokes admiration; other times, frustration. Shannon at River City Reading felt the alternating viewpoints of this novel "caused the reading experience to lose fluidity." I wholeheartedly agree with that. I felt pretty lukewarm about the book for far too long, not connecting in any significant way until I was well more than halfway through. This is a story that unfolds slowly, and although the alternating perspectives caused more interruptions than I would have liked, I was still compelled to stick with it. The tenderness and wisdom of the ending left me feeling that this was time well spent. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very boring read!