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Why No Goodbye?

Pamela L. Laskin

When his mother escapes Myanmar with his siblings, a boy’s rage over abandonment helps him build a tower of character.

Winner, 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest

What happens to a Rohingya boy left behind? A mother escapes Myanmar—with three of her four children. On the cusp of adolescence, the young boy left to fend for himself is filled with rage. He does not know how to read, so why does his mother bother smuggling in these letters? Jubair begins to express this anger in his own letters, as he develops a level of literacy, eventually becoming a reader and writer. Written in letters, Why No Goodbye? explores loss, grief and transcendence.

“A quick read that does not shy away from the cruel cost of war. The story is gut wrenching and the small cast of characters is layered and endearing.”—Kirkus

“Shatteringly beautiful. . . . A meditation on forgiveness after great loss and the unbearable pain of separation.”—Marie-Helene Bertino, author of 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

“In breathtaking free-verse, Laskin explores the heart of this uneducated, desperate man-child as he struggles with . . . betrayal and rage. . . . Goes beyond the [Rohingya] headlines to create a stunningly poignant tale of grief, struggle, and emotional redemption.”—Suzanne Weyn, author of The Bar Code Tattoo

“Bravely and movingly tackles one of our decade’s saddest and direst human rights crises. . . . An extraordinary accomplishment.”—Hasanthika Sirisena, author of The Other One

“There has been much written about the Rohingya crisis, but nothing quite like this . . . [Laskin] helps expose the painful wake of the world’s newest genocide.”—Matthew Smith, CEO, Fortify Rights 

Why No Goodbye?
Pamela L. Laskin

188 pages • ISBN 978-1-948585-06-4 • Trade paperback, $15.00 • November 2019

Published by Leapfrog Press LLC • www.leapfrogpress.com

Distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution • www.cbsd.com

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