Must I Go by Yiyun Li


There’s humor and heartbreak in the reflections of life and family in this mini family saga by Chinese author, Yiyun Li..

Feisty octogenarian Lilia Imbody reflects on her life and gives an entertaining, running commentary as she reads the memoir of Roland Bouley — her deceased former lover, who also happens to be the father of her daughter.

While there is history about their romance, the story is really more about the dynamics of family and relationships, especially the story about Imbody’s contemplations about her daughter’s life and death.

Must I Go is a moving story told from the viewpoint of a wise woman who has lived a full and relatively happy life. There are a plethora of poignant life observations to take away from this book.

If this title interests you, check out the following:

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Meet Me At the Museum by Anne Youngson

The Longevity Cure by Cameron Diaz

The Art of Flaneuring by Erika Owen

Also, check out my Audiofile Magazine review on the moving audio version of Must I Go: