Quan Barry - When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East

Wednesday, March 2, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed author
Quan Barry,
who will discuss one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022
When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 2nd.
Barry will be in conversation with Left Bank Books' Event Coordinator
Shane Mullen.
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About our Speaker
Born in Saigon and raised in Massachusetts, QUAN BARRY is the author of the novels She Weeps Each Time You're Born and We Ride Upon Sticks (winner of the 2020 ALA Alex Award), and four books of poetry, including Water Puppets (winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and a PEN Open Book finalist). Barry's first play, The Mytilenean Debate, premiers in the spring of 2022. She is the Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
About When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East
From the acclaimed author of We Ride Upon Sticks comes a luminous novel that moves across a windswept Mongolia, as estranged twin brothers make a journey of duty, conflict, and renewed understanding.

Tasked with finding the reincarnation of a great lama--a spiritual teacher who may have been born anywhere in the vast Mongolian landscape--the young monk Chuluun sets out with his identical twin, Mun, who has rejected the monastic life they once shared. Their relationship will be tested on this journey through their homeland as each possesses the ability to hear the other's thoughts.

Proving once again that she is a writer of immense range and imagination, Quan Barry carries us across a terrain as unforgiving as it is beautiful and culturally varied, from the western Altai mountains to the eerie starkness of the Gobi Desert to the ancient capital of Chinggis Khaan. As their country stretches before them, questions of faith--along with more earthly matters of love and brotherhood--haunt the twins.

Are our lives our own, or do we belong to something larger? When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East is a stunningly far-flung examination of our individual struggle to retain our convictions and discover meaning in a fast-changing world, as well as a meditation on accepting what simply is.


MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022: TimeBustle, PopSugar, Literary Hub, Essence

A dreamlike and lyrical journey steeped in the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism. --Kirkus Reviews (starred revew)

"An imaginative tour de force . . . Evincing the same dazzling talents that won high critical praise for We Ride upon Sticks, Barry vastly expands readers' horizons, both geographical and metaphysical . . . Readers' most transformative experience comes by reflecting--through Chulun's thoughts, strangely tangled with Mun's--on the Four Noble Buddhist Truths and the Eight-Fold Path. . .Though the narrative focuses on Mongolian Buddhism, readers learn how Buddhists everywhere have suffered as Chinese communists have persecuted the faith rooted in Tibet." --Bryce Christensen, Booklist (starred review)

The expansive imagination of Massachusetts-raised Quan Barry knows no bounds . . . Barry explores large questions about Buddhist philosophy and faith in general while painting a lush portrait of the Mongolian terrain. --Katherine Ouelette, WBUR

This novel couldn't be any more different from Quan Barry's deliciously irreverent 2020 novel We Ride Upon Sticks--except that it is similarly excellent, and similarly immersive, a full-throated plunge into a very specific, fascinating world. --Emily Temple, Literary Hub


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Virtual Event
When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524748111
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Pantheon - February 22nd, 2022

We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525565437
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

She Weeps Each Time You're Born (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804171304
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Vintage - February 23rd, 2016