Elysha Chang and Kat Chow for A QUITTER'S PARADISE **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Elysha Chang and Kat Chow to celebrate A Quitter's Paradise! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


In A Quitter's Paradise, the darkly humorous debut by bold, new voice Elysha Chang, a young woman does everything she can to ignore her mother's death, even as unearthed family secrets become increasingly inextricable from her own.

Eleanor knows she's been acting strangely. She's dropped out of her PhD program and is ignoring calls from her husband. Lately, she finds herself walking circles in the park, leaving a trail of nuts and raisins in her wake. It's all, in some sense, a response to her mother's recent death. This she knows. But Eleanor can't understand how you are supposed to grieve a mother you never understood. How do you love a person who refused to make herself known? 

As Eleanor wends her way forward, we catch glimpses of the past. Eleanor's parents emigrate from Taiwan to Queens in 1979. The couple thrives in business, importing Taiwanese-made trinkets and managing a growing number of workers at their warehouse. But Rita and Jing Liu remain confounded by the process of raising their two daughters. How do you dole out affection, discipline, protection, and care in a strange place, in a foreign tongue? 

Deliciously provocative and exquisitely crafted, A Quitter's Paradise is an intimate, intergenerational saga of American immigrant ambition, and a profound contemplation of its long afterlife. With a deft hand and a humor distinctly her own, Elysha Chang explores the extent to which we unwittingly guard the hearts of our loved ones, even from ourselves.


Elysha Chang is a writer and educator based in Brooklyn, and has taught creative writing at Blue Stoop Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University. A graduate of Columbia's MFA Program, she has received fellowships from the Center for Fiction and Kundiman. Her short works have been published in Center for Fiction Magazine, Fence, GQ, The Rumpus, and others. A Quitter's Paradise is her first novel.


Kat Chow is a reporter and writer, and the author of Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir (Grand Central Publishing), named a New York Times Notable Book. She was a reporter at NPR, where she was a founding member of the Code Switch team and podcast. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, New York Magazine’s The Cut and on Radiolab, among others. She's an occasional fourth chair on Pop Culture Happy Hour and has guest hosted Slate’s podcast The Waves. She’s received residency fellowships from Storyknife and the Millay Colony, as well as an inaugural Yi Dae Up fellowship at the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She has led classes and spoken about her reporting in Amsterdam, Calgary, Boston, Seattle and many other places.


Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
A Quitter's Paradise By Elysha Chang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781638931614
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Zando - Sjp Lit - April 16th, 2024

Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir By Kat Chow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538716335
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 21st, 2023

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