Author(s): Yiyun Li
From the critically acclaimed author of The Vagrants, a devastating and utterly original novel on grief and motherhood
'Days: the easiest possession. The days he had refused would come, one at a time. They would wait, every daybreak, with their boundless patience and indifference, seeing if they could turn me into an ally or an enemy to myself.'
A woman's teenage son takes his own life. It is incomprehensible. The woman is a writer, and so she attempts to comprehend her grief in the space she knows best: on the page, as an imagined conversation with the child she has lost. He is as sharp and funny and serious in death as he was in life itself, and he will speak back to her, unable to offer explanation or solace, but not yet, not quite, gone.
Where Reasons End is an extraordinary portrait of parenthood, in all its painful contradictions of joy, humour and sorrow, and of what it is to lose a child.
Praise for Yiyun Li:
'A masterpiece...[Puts] you in mind of Tolstoy or Chekhov' Sunday Times on The Vagrants
'This is a book of immense power and it will leave you reeling' New Statesman on The Vagrants
'Controlled understatement, scrupulous and unsparing lucidity... A work of great moral poise and dignity.I have not read such a compelling work in years' Independent