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Elsey Come Home

(2019)
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One of the "best women's fiction of 2019 (so far)" (Marie Claire)
One of the "61 books we're looking forward to reading in 2019" (The Huffington Post)
One of the "16 fiction releases to watch for" (Washington Independent Review of Books)
One of the "best new books coming out winter 2019" (Southern Living)
One of the "10 newly-released books that will give you an excuse to stay indoors this winter" (O Magazine)

"I loved, loved this novel." (Lily King)

From the widely praised author of Paris Was the Place - a shattering new novel that bravely delves into the darkest corners of addiction, marriage, and motherhood.

When Elsey's husband, Lukas, hands her a brochure for a weeklong mountain retreat, she knows he is really giving her an ultimatum: Go, or we're done. Once a successful painter, Elsey set down roots in China after falling passionately for Lukas, the tall, Danish MC at a warehouse rave in downtown Beijing. Now, with two young daughters and unable to find a balance between her identities as painter, mother, and, especially, wife, Elsey fills her days worrying, drinking, and descending into desperate unhappiness. So, brochure in hand, she agrees to go and confront the ghosts of her past.

There, she meets a group of men and women who will forever alter the way she understands herself: from Tasmin, another (much richer) expat, to Hunter, a young man whose courage endangers them all, and, most important, Mei - wife of one of China's most famous artists and a renowned painter herself - with whom Elsey quickly forges a fierce friendship and whose candidness about her pain helps Elsey understand her own.

But Elsey must risk tearing herself and Lukas further apart when she decides she must return to her childhood home - the center of her deepest pain - before she can find her way back to him.

Written in a voice at once wry, sensual, blunt, and hypnotic, Elsey Come Home is a modern odyssey and a quietly dynamic portrait of contemporary womanhood.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I loved Elsey Come Home. The exotic setting, the characters Elsey meets along the way—her husband, her little girls, her dilemma. And the writing, spare and lovely. What more can I say—perfect." - Judy Blume

"Susan Conley’s voice is so intimate and filled with such exquisite detail it was as if a friend was whispering Elsey Come Home in my ear. While Elsey is a character hemmed in by her own flaws and misgivings, her author is the opposite, showering us with emotional nuance and gorgeous writing that make this novel a showcase of modern domesticity with all its unpredictable complexities and triumphs. Anyone who has ever felt separate and finally comes together will find himself or herself in Elsey Come Home." - Betsy Carter

"Elsey Come Home is a delicious read, vivid and delicately wrought, and so very prescient with regard to the mother-child bond that it’s almost eerie. I kept finding myself thinking, how did she know? and how did she find the words? An engrossing, moving meditation on family, loss, creativity, secrets, culture, and the bonds that hold our lives together against the odds." - Carolina De Robertis

"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 at stake here, and even the small moments resonate. I loved, loved this novel." - Lily King

"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

"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

"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


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Hardback Editions

January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Elsey Come Home: A novel
Author(s): Susan Conley
ISBN: 0-525-52098-8 / 978-0-525-52098-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Elsey Come Home
Author(s): Susan Conley
ISBN: 0-525-56255-9 / 978-0-525-56255-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Elsey Come Home: A Novel
Author(s): Susan Conley
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Elsey Come Home: A Novel
Author(s): Susan Conley
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Elsey Come Home: A novel
Author(s): Susan Conley
Publisher: Vintage
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