A Quitter's Paradise

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Zando - Sjp Lit
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Elysha Chang is a writer and educator based in Brooklyn, and has taught creative writing at Blue Stoop Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University. A graduate of Columbia's MFA Program, she has received fellowships from the Center for Fiction and Kundiman. Her short works have been published in Center for Fiction Magazine, Fence, GQ, The Rumpus, and others. A Quitter's Paradise is her first novel.

A Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Summer Reading List Pick - An NPR Critics Summer Pick - A Good Morning America Pick of the Month - A Good Reads Big Buzz Debut - A Tertulia Staff Pick of the Month - An Electric Literature Best Novel of 2023

"A drolly comedic tale . . . reminiscent of Rachel Khong's Goodbye, Vitamin and Weike Wang's Chemistry." --Leland Cheuk, NPR

"Compelling . . . Chang's storytelling is beautifully subtle, often studded with sublime wit." --Kia Corthron, New York Times Book Review

"A sharp, intimate, and poignant investigation of grief, family dynamics, and selfhood." --Electric Literature

"A riveting, wise, and singular novel about grief, love, longing, and the mysteries of family, A Quitter's Paradise will linger in your heart and mind." --Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers

"Strange and wonderful." --The Post & Courier

"A highly enjoyable read . . . written in a funny style." --Zibby Owens, Good Morning America

"Calls to mind recent explorations of science and relationships, including Weike Wang's Chemistry and Brandon Taylor's Real Life." --Keziah Weir, Vanity Fair

"[A] sweeping family saga . . . Exploring the intersections of love and obligation, duty and commitment, the independence of new lifestyles and the appeal of old traditions, Chang's novel will appeal to fans of Helen Fisher's Faye Faraway and Tracey Lien's All That's Left Unsaid." --Booklist

"This is a deep, propulsive, poignant, and unflinching portrayal of a family in all of its mystery. Elysha Chang writes with remarkable precision, humor, and grace, while knowing full well there are no easy answers when it comes to love and grief." --Sam Lipsyte, author of No One Left to Come Looking for You

"A Quitter's Paradise is a glorious, pondering, heartbreaking, extremely funny, very special book. In Eleanor and her family, Elysha Chang has created captivating characters, who continuously surprised, delighted, and intrigued me--so much so that I didn't want to leave them. The stories of their lives are at once intimate and universally resonant. It's truly the perfect inaugural book for SJP Lit and I couldn't be more honored to be working with the extraordinarily talented Elysha Chang." --Sarah Jessica Parker, SJP Lit

"A masterpiece that wrangles several lifetimes of wisdom, loss, and heartbreak into a slim novel you can clutch to your chest, pass on to your sharpest, most mercurial friends, and say: read this, feel this!" --Xuan Juliana Wang, author of Home Remedies

"A bittersweet family saga about a young woman from a second generation immigrant family coping with her mother's death." --Tertulia