An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love—If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim is the unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices they’re forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that still haunts us today. Richly told and deeply moving, If You Leave Me is a stunning portrait of war and refugee life, a passionate and timeless romance, and a heartrending exploration of one woman’s longing for autonomy in a rapidly changing world.
Through September 30, purchase a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription (or a 6-month Rumpus Poetry Book Club or a one-year Letters in the Mail subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed copy of If You Leave Me by author Crystal Hana Kim*. Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Or give the gift of reading to a friend and keep the signed book for yourself! Click here to subscribe today!
“Crystal Hana Kim is here to break your heart. Or maybe that’s just what her remarkable debut novel has done to me. If You Leave Me is a historical novel that manages to feel current and captivating, a family novel, and a portrait of a woman–a mother–who will captivate, shock and surprise. Lovingly told, lyrical and smart, it’s a hell of a lot to get right on your first try.” – Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling
Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by The Washington Post, ALA Booklist, Literary Hub, Cosmopolitan, and others. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. Kim was a 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in Elle Magazine, the Paris Review, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and an MSEd from Hunter College. She is a Teach For America alum and has taught elementary school, high school, and collegiate writing. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.
Photograph of Crystal Hana Kim by Nina Subin.
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