Melissa Leet

Mom, Entrepreneur, and Author of Landslide
By the time I had begun writing my novel Landslide, my mother and three close friends had died. My husband Ken had battled cancer. I had gone through early menopause which also felt like sorrow and demise. Since starting Landslide, we have lost two additional friends, and Ken's entire nuclear family - father, mother and sister - all gone. While writing Landslide did not stop the pain of losing Ken's family and my friends, it did help me face death with greater grace, presence and love. Melissa Leet is the founder of Chinafolio, a think tank which conducts research on China’s development, and its changing place in the international order. Born and raised outside of San Francisco, Melissa Leet currently lives in Chicago with her wonderful husband Ken, her youngest son James, and their lovely Golden Retriever Neo. Her older children, Christopher, Dillon and William, are scattered across the U.S., attending university, and are much missed. Previously to living in Chicago, Melissa lived in London, Paris and Madrid. Melissa holds a BA from Smith College, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
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When Death Strikes

by Melissa Leet

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