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If You Leave Me

(2018)
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"An immersive, heartbreaking story about war, passion, and the road not taken." - People

"One of the most beautiful and moving love stories you'll read this year." - Nylon Magazine

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post . The New York Post . Vulture . Real Simple . Bustle . Nylon . Thrillist . Mental Floss . Self magazine . Booklist . Refinery 29

An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love - 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.

When the communist-backed army from the north invades her home, sixteen-year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, is forced to flee to a refugee camp along the coast. For a few hours each night, she escapes her family's makeshift home and tragic circumstances with her childhood friend, Kyunghwan.

Focused on finishing school, Kyunghwan doesn't realize his older and wealthier cousin, Jisoo, has his sights set on the beautiful and spirited Haemi - and is determined to marry her before joining the fight. But as Haemi becomes a wife, then a mother, her decision to forsake the boy she always loved for the security of her family sets off a dramatic saga that will have profound effects for generations to come.

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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"If You Leave Me is a thrilling debut, a lyrical and lovely novel that beautifully showcases Crystal Hana Kim's emotional intelligence and empathy for her characters." - Emma Cline

"An engrossing story of love, family, and war on the Korean peninsula. Timely and timeless--a beautiful debut." - David Ebershoff

"If You Leave Me is graced with truly wonderful writing; great poise, lyricism, intelligence, and an utterly engrossing portrayal of life." - Richard Ford

"If You Leave Me is a historical novel that manages to feel current and captivating, a family saga, and a portrait of a woman--a mother--who will mesmerize, shock, and surprise. Lovingly told, lyrical, and smart." - Victor LaValle

"A gripping, heartrending tale of the birth of modern Korea filtered through the prism of an intimate love story. In fresh, often astonishing prose, Kim brings her characters to life: complicated, flawed, and hard not to fall in love with. A strikingly original work." - Jessica Shattuck

"An unforgettable story of family, love, and war set against the violent emergence of modern Korea." - Gary Shteyngart

"If You Leave Me is exhilarating... Crystal Hana Kim has written a novel that teaches us and guides us, one that captures majestically, perfectly, not only our histories but our present and our future." - Paul Yoon


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Title: If You Leave Me: A Novel
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