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This collection recounts the story of leaving America, where the author was born, and of arriving in Australia, where she did not plan to stay. It is a tale of unsettling and resettling, of leaving as an ongoing process. Each micro-scene is a snapshot of time and place — spanning decades and moments, continents and conversations, wars, dreams and kitchen tables — to capture the psychological and spatial tensions between “here” and “there”. Leaving New Jersey is a lyrical re-experiencing of putting down roots and tearing them up, an extraordinary poetic account of an ordinary woman’s quest for home.