This book feels unique – in spare language and short chapters, Elsey struggles to balance intense feelings of motherhood with her career as an artist and obligations to her marriage while living as an ex-pat in China. She put me in her head as she fights addiction, craves a sense of belonging, and deals with unresolved grief honestly and painfully. Powerful!
— Kathy W.
About the Author
SUSAN CONLEY is the author of the novel Paris Was the Place and The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir. Born and raised in Maine, her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She spent three years in Beijing with her husband and two sons before moving back to Portland, Maine, where she currently lives. She teaches in the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.