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Elsey Come Home: A novel by [Conley, Susan]
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Editorial Reviews

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"What a quirky little gem of a book Susan Conley has written. I'm still trying to figure out how she created a character so seemingly lost to herself without losing me in the process. There's genuine alchemy here."--Richard Russo      
 
"Elsey's voice is a triumph. It sings. The writing is exquisite and tells the story of someone who has lost herself to the point that the pain in her life threatens to divide her from the people she loves most. There is so much is at stake here, and even the small moments resonate. I loved, loved this novel."--Lily King, author of Euphoria

"Elsey Come Home is a triumph, a book of powerful women and even more powerful tradition. Contemporary China comes vividly to life alongside American friendships, family, and fortune good and bad--love and illness, pleasure and addiction, connection and misunderstanding, brittle trips back home. I love Susan Conley's sentences--spare but lyrical, hard-edged but melodic, not a word extra, a story so big no Talking Circle could ever contain it."--Bill Roorbach, author of The Remedy of Love and The Girl of the Lake
 
"Elsey Come Home is a thing of wonder and beauty, a novel about faraway places, both internal and external. I read this in one thirsty gulp, and through its window was shown certain truths about the joy, pain, and intricacy of marriage, and of being. Susan Conley is a magical writer; this book is her magic."--Mike Paterniti, author of The Telling Room
 
"I love Elsey--her vulnerability, and self-awareness, and her love for her daughters, which permeates the novel. This book is lush with colors, smells, and sounds, and has a compulsive, deeply gratifying shape. We're allowed to witness Elsey in all her glory, even when she's unable to see herself clearly."--Lewis Robinson, author of Water Dogs

About the Author

SUSAN CONLEY is the author of the novel Paris Was the Place and The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir. Born and raised in Maine, her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She spent three years in Beijing with her husband and two sons before moving back to Portland, Maine, where she currently lives. She teaches in the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.

Product details

  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (January 15, 2019)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2019
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07CKMZMWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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