An Adopted Daughter's Search for Identity

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 (Andria Lo/

Kathryn Ma was a partner at a law firm when she decided to leave the profession and pursue her dream to be a writer. Her debut novel, "The Year She Left Us," follows the lives of three generations of Asian-American women. When Ari, the adopted teenage daughter, insists on tracing her roots back in China, it forces her Chinese-American family in San Francisco to confront their own issues of identity and acceptance. Kathryn Ma joins us to talk about writing, her own mixed heritage and assimilation.


Kathryn Ma, author of "The Year She Left Us" and San Francisco-based fiction writer. Her previous book was "All That Work and Still No Boys."