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Credit: Andria Lo Kathryn MaWednesday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.The Year She Left Us From the winner of the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Prize—comes the extraordinary, unexpected debut tale of three generations of Chinese-American women in a San Francisco family who must confront their past and carve out a future. “Kathryn Ma’s first novel is electrified by the enraged tenderness of its alienated young protagonist. Part mystery, part odyssey, The Year She Left Us heralds the arrival of a fierce, subtle new American voice.” (Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad) “A sweeping success-a standout from the many novels about Chinese assimilation and the families of Chinese immigrants-with a fascinating protagonist with a troubling past. This is a family saga of insight, regret, and pathos, and it is not to be missed.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kathryn is the daughter of parents who emigrated from China. Kathryn was a Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and has taught in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. In 2011, she was a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College of California. Kathryn holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction and a master’s degree in history from Stanford. She earned a JD from UC Berkeley and practiced law for a number of years in San Francisco. She is an active volunteer in the arts and education, serving previously as the founding board chair of the San Francisco Friends School and currently on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.