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The Leftover Woman: a Free Carlsbad Library Adventure with NYT and international bestselling author Jean Kwok

October 20, 2023 @ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

$30.00 – $34.00

About the In-Person Adventure

“A heart-tugging exploration of love, belonging and the meaning of family.”
—Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The It Girl

We invite you to celebrate the release of New York Times bestselling author Jean Kwok’s new book, The Leftover Woman, which explores the complexities of identity, motherhood and family through the harsh reality of China’s controversial One Child Policy at a free Carlsbad City Library Adventure. Join us for an afternoon of lively book discussion.



Registration for this event is not required, as it is free and open to the public. However, copies of The Leftover Woman are available for pre-sale below and they will be delivered to the event for signing. Books will be also be available for purchase and signing at the event.


About the Author

Jean Kwok is the award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Leftover Woman, Searching for Sylvie LeeGirl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world.

Jean immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood while living in an unheated, roach-infested apartment. In between her undergraduate degree at Harvard and MFA in fiction at Columbia, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer. Jean is trilingual, fluent in Dutch, Chinese and English, and studied Latin for seven years. She divides her time between the Netherlands and New York City.

The Leftover Woman is an evocative family drama and a riveting mystery about the ferocious pull of motherhood for two very different women. Jasmine Yang arrives in New York City from her rural Chinese village without money or family support, fleeing a controlling husband, on a desperate search for the daughter who was taken from her at birth. But with her husband on her trail, the clock is ticking, and she’s forced to make increasingly desperate decisions if she ever hopes to be reunited with her daughter.

Meanwhile, publishing executive Rebecca Whitney seems to have it all: a prestigious family name and the wealth that comes with it, a high-powered career, a beautiful home, a handsome husband, and an adopted Chinese daughter she adores. But when an industry scandal threatens to jeopardize not only Rebecca’s job but her marriage, this perfect world begins to crumble and her role in her own family is called into question.


About Carlsbad City Library

Carlsbad City Library provides community members of all ages with convenient access to high-quality resources and services to inform and enrich individual and community life. Carlsbad City Library is the destination for information, enjoyment of reading, lifelong learning, and cultural enrichment for those who live, work and play in Carlsbad.


October 20, 2023
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
$30.00 – $34.00
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