If You Leave Me

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$15.99  $14.87
William Morrow & Company
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5.2 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Crystal Hana Kim is the author of If You Leave Me, which was named a best book of 2018 by over a dozen publications. Kim is the recipient of the 2022 National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and is a 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winner. Currently, she is the Visiting Assistant Professor at Queens College and a contributing editor at Apogee Journal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.


"Stunning ... The novel is interested in something most others aren't: the aftermath. It focuses both on what comes after war--as a new country struggles to develop its identity--and what follows Haemi's fateful decision, as the ramifications of her choice ripple out to affect everyone around her." -- Washington Post

"It is a privilege to read Crystal Hana Kim's fiction, which both edifies and enlightens. Her novel, If You Leave Me, is a beautiful and moving chronicle of individuals caught in the trials of history." -- Min Jin Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Pachinko

"Attention Hollywood: Adapt Crystal Hana Kim's cinematic, decades-spanning romance If You Leave Me ASAP, please and thank you." -- Cosmopolitan

"Heartrending . . . details the anguish of star-crossed love and familial duty . . . a stunning feat of lyricism, an enthralling, tragic novel brimming with angst and remorse."

-- USA Today (four stars)

"Both a forbidden love story and a portrait of war and refugee life, If You Leave Me will tear at your heartstrings. A breathtaking can't-put-down read." -- MarieClaire.com

"A grand, sweeping story that proves that an epic can yield strong, individualized characters while still developing a nuanced perspective that refuses to essentialize war, women, or national identity." -- The Millions

"As beautifully layered as it is devastating . . . the riches of If You Leave Me will leave you contemplating the passage of time and its impact on the ties that we keep." -- Elle.com

"Mark our words: If You Leave Me is the book everyone (and their mothers in book club) will be talking about this summer . . . devastating and beautiful. With arresting prose, Kim writes of a woman caught in time and in history." -- Refinery29.com

"A remarkably absorbing novel of people enduring the unendurables of war with grace, toughness, and undying love. If You Leave Me marks the debut of a born storyteller." -- Chang-rae Lee, author of Native Speaker

"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle

"Combines vivid depictions of traditional Korean culture with an immersive, heartbreaking story about war, passion, and the road not taken." -- People

"Kim's heartrending saga--told from the perspectives of five characters--examines how difficult choices can test even our closest relationships." -- Real Simple

"A family struggles to balance tradition and change in Kim's marvelous debut. . . . [this] lyrical intergenerational saga resonates deeply and will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Orphan Master's Son." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Crystal Hana Kim's debut novel, If You Leave Me, is the saga of Haemi and Kyunghwan, childhood friends turned forbidden lovers, who are separated by civil war in Korea and brought together years later, when Haemi must choose between love and loyalty." -- Popsugar, 30 of the Newest, Hottest Books to Pick Up This Summer

"Kim renders her multivoiced, multilayered ancestral and cultural history into stupendous testimony and indelible storytelling." -- Booklist (starred review)

"A love story and family saga melded into one, If You Leave Me is an unforgettable summer release about two young adults finding their way in the world." -- Parade, The Top 26 Hottest Books of Summer 2018

"Crystal Hana Kim possesses a pleasingly clear and fluid style of writing . . . deftly intertwining personal and political conflicts." -- Wall Street Journal