The year she left us: a novel
From the winner of the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Prize--comes the extraordinary, unexpected debut tale of three generations of Chinese-American women in a San Francisco family who must confront their past and carve out a future.
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 to rule 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 ourselves.
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|Grouping Title||year she left us|
|Grouping Author||ma kathryn|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-09-17 22:59:17PM|
|Last Indexed||2018-09-18 00:02:55AM|
|available_at_catalog||Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Main Kids, Main Library, Southeast|
|detailed_location_catalog||Edmondson Pike - Adult Fiction, Main Library - Adult Fiction, Southeast - Adult Fiction|
|display_description||After a disastrous visit to her "home" orphanage in China, eighteen-year-old Ari Kong descends into a self-destructive spiral that forces all of the Kong women to come face to face with the truths of their lives.|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Main Kids, Main Library, Southeast|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000432000|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Harper,|2014.|326 pages ; 24 cm., overdrive:cf10e275-6ebe-481b-b32c-ddee55d52083|eBook|eBook||English|HarperCollins|2014||
|subject_facet||Adopted children -- China -- Fiction, Adoptive parents -- Fiction, Adventure stories, American, Biographical fiction, American, Domestic fiction, American, Orphans -- China -- Fiction, San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction|
|title_display||The year she left us : a novel|
|title_full||The Year She Left Us A Novel, The year she left us : a novel / Kathryn Ma|
|title_short||The year she left us :|
|topic_facet||Adopted children, Adoptive parents, Adventure stories, American, Biographical fiction, American, Domestic fiction, American, Fiction, Literature, Orphans|