Where Reasons End
Yiyun Li

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Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Duration: 4 hours and 4 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li.

'Days: the easiest possession. The days he had refused would come, one at a time. They would wait, every daybreak, with their boundless patience and indifference, seeing if they could turn me into a friend or an enemy to myself.'

A woman's teenage son takes his own life. It is incomprehensible. The woman is a writer, and so she attempts to comprehend her grief in the space she knows best: on the page, as an imagined conversation with the child she has lost. He is as sharp and funny and serious in death as he was in life, and he will speak back to her, unable to offer explanation or solace, but not yet, not quite, gone.

Taking the form of a dialogue between mother and son, Where Reasons End is an extraordinary portrait of parenthood, in all its painful contradictions of joy, humour and sorrow, and of what it is to lose a child.


Modern & contemporary fiction, Biographical fiction, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Interior life

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a disquieting, delicate, affecting book

Irish Times

an incredible piece of work

Chris Power, Open Book

A masterpiece. This book haunts me more than any other novel I've read in recent years.

Garth Greenwell

The writing is raw and deeply affecting.

The Times


The Sunday Times

A highly unusual novel in which a writer confronts one of life's deepest sorrows in losing her child. . . Funny, touching and profoundly moving

Chigozie Obioma

One of the most moving books I've ever read.

Leslie Jamison

The most intelligent, insightful, heart-wrenching book of our time.

Andrew Sean Greer

Unsentimental, brave and beautiful. An absolutely monumental book.

Daily Mail

Li writes with a shimmering and deeply felt precision.


Profoundly moving. An astonishing book, a true work of art.