Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)

When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East

Best Seller
When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East by Quan Barry
Paperback $17.00
Jan 17, 2023 | ISBN 9780525565444

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (2) +
  • Jan 17, 2023 | ISBN 9780525565444

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Feb 22, 2022 | ISBN 9781524748128

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East

Product Details


A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR: Time, Bustle, PopSugar, Literary Hub, Essence

“Mesmerizing and delicate . . . a dazzling achievement . . . The rhythms are more like prayer than prose, and the puzzlelike plot yields revelations in unassuming sentences that a skimming eye could easily miss . . . The novel brims with formal peculiarities seemingly designed to cultivate alertness—and they do . . . There are sweet and surprising echoes of Dickens throughout . . . If you’re thinking that this adds up to the world’s weirdest logline—’A Buddhist sentimental education with stylistic innovation . . .’—you’re not wrong. The unlikeliness of the novel is exactly its magic.” —Molly Young, The New York Times

“[An] engrossing new novel. . . and although it’s a sharp departure from We Ride Upon Sticks . . . its unconventional storytelling and fantastical elements will appeal to fans of Barry’s other books. Barry showcases the diversity of cultures and traditions within Mongolia and . . .  challenges stereotypes of Buddhist monks that readers may carry . . . At its heart, When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East asks questions fundamental to the human experience that will resonate regardless of the reader’s familiarity with Mongolia, and it’s bound to be beloved by book clubs.” —Serena Puang, Boston Globe
“Utterly original, a unique immersion in history, philosophy, religion, the nature of time, and the clash of old and new happening all over our world . . . An award-winning poet, Barry shapes transparent, simple language into images that are lyrical and haunting . . . When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East is a story of much magic and many miracles—a startling, yet gentle, book.” —Sally Shivnan, Washington Independent Review of Books 

“Faith and brotherhood are at the heart of Quan Barry’s compelling new novel.” PopSugar

“A wholly original, enlightening read.” —Angela Haupt, TIME

“Spiritual and emotional. . . . When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East is a journey worth taking. The writing is simple but powerful, like a proverb. Many small observations will stop readers in their tracks to contemplate the myriad meanings. . . . It’s what you would expect from a novel starring a young Buddhist monk: a peaceful and edifying story that can be endlessly mined for deeper meaning.” —Olive Fellows, The Rumpus

“A dreamlike and lyrical journey steeped in the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism.” Kirkus Reviews (starred revew)

“An imaginative tour de force . . . Evincing the same dazzling talents that won high critical praise for We Ride upon Sticks, Barry vastly expands readers’ horizons, both geographical and metaphysical . . . Readers’ most transformative experience comes by reflecting—through Chulun’s thoughts, strangely tangled with Mun’s—on the Four Noble Buddhist Truths and the Eight-Fold Path. . .Though the narrative focuses on Mongolian Buddhism, readers learn how Buddhists everywhere have suffered as Chinese communists have persecuted the faith rooted in Tibet.” —Bryce Christensen, Booklist (starred review)

“The expansive imagination of Massachusetts-raised Quan Barry knows no bounds . . . Barry explores large questions about Buddhist philosophy and faith in general while painting a lush portrait of the Mongolian terrain.” —Katherine Ouelette, WBUR

“This novel couldn’t be any more different from Quan Barry’s deliciously irreverent 2020 novel We Ride Upon Sticks—except that it is similarly excellent, and similarly immersive, a full-throated plunge into a very specific, fascinating world.” —Emily Temple, Literary Hub

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Back to Top