The Year She Left Us

The Year She Left Us

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2014.
ISBN: 9780062273345
Characteristics: 326 pages ;,24 cm.

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Mar 28, 2017

None of the characters were that likable and I didn't care for how adoption was talked about. It was supposed to be such a "good" thing but it was taboo to discuss.

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