"Stylistically, the book is artful, even radical. . . . [Lin shows] the work of seeking. There is something brave in leaving a character [like Li] so undefended." – Christine Smallwood, The New York Times Book Review
"No one writes like Tao Lin. He is so quietly funny, and surprising, and strange, in the way he writes sentences, in the way that he thinks. Leave Society
is transcendent in its honesty and is even transcendent in its transcendency, by which I mean Tao Lin remains transparent even while delving into subject matter difficult to render on the page, like drug experiences and ponderings into the origins of philosophical systems in human societies since time immemorial. He makes the mysterious mundane and the mundane mysterious. But the book is so very readable and accessible and fun, even while exploring pain and family relationships, and yes the question about remaining a part of a society that can and will bring you harm in countless invisible ways, that has been designed to exploit the earth's natural resources including its people. I love this novel."
–Tommy Orange, author of There There Leave Society
is hilarious about serious things, and serious about hilarious things. This is a very special and beautiful book.–Brad Phillips, author of Essays and Fictions
is a warm, funny, hearteningly nonconformist book that changed the way I think about natural health, wellbeing, and the great mystery. It's a beautiful work of art. I loved it." –Melissa Broder, author of Milk Fed
is a novel I wanted to keep living in long after it ended. The characters are some of my favorites in contemporary fiction. Subversive, neurotic, and artful; it read exactly as I want a Tao Lin novel to read.–Chloe Caldwell, author of Women and I'll Tell You in Person
It's a meta-autofiction that takes on the grandest of themes - the metaphysical structure of the cosmos, the journey of a soul across the aeons, the space beyond death - in the hopes of understanding them, and also of creating feelings of awe and wonder in the reader.
–Dean Kissick, Spike Art Magazine