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TAO LIN is the author of the memoir Trip, the novels Taipei and Richard Yates and Eeeee Eee Eeee, the novella Shoplifting from American Apparel, the story collection Bed, and the poetry collections Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and you are a little bit happier than i am. He was born in Virginia, has taught in Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program, and is the founder and editor of Muumuu House.

Reviews

"Stylistically, the book is artful, even radical. . . . [Lin shows] the work of seeking. There is something brave in leaving a character [like Li] so undefended."
- Christine Smallwood, The New York Times Book Review

"Li's attempts to midwife the universe through mindfulness give rise to brief sunbursts of poetic exuberance."
-Andrea Long Chu, The New Yorker

"At a time when so much media is set on dichotomizing, there are no hard lines drawn by Lin. Though his book will undoubtedly be categorized as autofiction, it is as much a retreat into the imagination as a reflection of lived events."
-David Fishkind, The Believer

"Lin introduces a radical shift in outlook, a change from a posture of boredom to one of awe . . . On the second reading, when I was better accustomed to Lin's humor and his delight in multiplicity, [the final sentence] seemed to me both metaphorical and literal, playful and quite serious, a brilliant, almost perfect ending."
-Lamorna Ash, Los Angeles Review of Books

"If Lin's earlier books felt voiced by a human resigned to becoming an automaton, then this one speaks in a voice of resistance."
-Adam Wilson, Bookforum

"
Leave Society
is a novel not of disappearance but of rebirth and attachment to the things that truly matter . . . the most deeply human book of the year."
-Alex Perez, Washington Examiner

"No one writes like Tao Lin. He is so quietly funny, and surprising, and strange, in the way he writes sentences, in the way that he thinks. Leave Society is transcendent in its honesty and is even transcendent in its transcendency, by which I mean Tao Lin remains transparent even while delving into subject matter difficult to render on the page, like drug experiences and ponderings into the origins of philosophical systems in human societies since time immemorial. He makes the mysterious mundane and the mundane mysterious. But the book is so very readable and accessible and fun, even while exploring pain and family relationships, and yes the question about remaining a part of a society that can and will bring you harm in countless invisible ways, that has been designed to exploit the earth's natural resources including its people. I love this novel."
-Tommy Orange, author of There There


"Leave Society is fascinating and touching. Lin has a unique style, with which he vividly communicates the quest for healing and love, a quest that is both particular to Lin in its details, but also underlies much of what his generation seeks through new ideas, psychedelics, and alternative lifestyles and worldviews."
-Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

"
Leave Society
is hilarious about serious things, and serious about hilarious things. This is a very special and beautiful book."
-Brad Phillips, author of Essays and Fictions

"
Leave Society
is a warm, funny, hearteningly nonconformist book that changed the way I think about natural health, wellbeing, and the great mystery. It's a beautiful work of art. I loved it."
-Melissa Broder, author of Milk Fed

"
Leave Society
is a novel I wanted to keep living in long after it ended. The characters are some of my favorites in contemporary fiction. Subversive, neurotic, and artful; it read exactly as I want a Tao Lin novel to read."
-Chloe Caldwell, author of Women and I'll Tell You in Person"It's a meta-autofiction that takes on the grandest of themes - the metaphysical structure of the cosmos, the journey of a soul across the aeons, the space beyond death - in the hopes of understanding them, and also of creating feelings of awe and wonder in the reader."
-Dean Kissick, Spike Art Magazine



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