Introducing the Cover for A Country You Can Leave!

Posted by MCD
August 19, 2022

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We’re delighted to share the beautiful Rodrigo Corral-designed cover for A Country You Can Leave, Asale Angel-Ajani’s unforgettable fiction debut!

A Country You Can Leave follows Lara, a sarcastic and savvy sixteen-year-old, as she navigates a turbulent adolescence in the California desert. Her life is made all the more unpredictable by her tumultuous relationship with her advice-spouting, book-hoarding, booze-swilling mom, Yevgenia Borislava.

The mounting challenges of being a Black, biracial daughter to a white Russian mother is much more than either Lara or Yevgenia expect. And, after a brutal attack, the two must confront the lengthy legacy of trauma and violence intertwined with their love for one another. Dazzling, sharp-witted, and suffused with yearning, this is a story that will stay with you long after you finish the final page.

But don’t just take our word for it; early raves are in from Julia Phillips, Susan Straight, and Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Olga Dies Dreaming, who says:

“From page one, A Country You Can Leave is a riveting, exasperating, and deeply heartbreaking tale of mother-daughter strife and resilience. Asale Angel-Ajani is an explosive talent and her story of Afro-Cuban Lara coming of age in a ruthless headlock with her survivalist Russian mother, Yevgenia, will disintegrate your strong-held emotional walls, down to her very last act of resistance.”

We will publish A Country You Can Leave on February 21st, 2023. You can preorder this stunning debut and see more details, here.