The Leavers

The Leavers : Winner of the PEN/Bellweather Prize for Fiction

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'Sensational' Guardian

'Utterly immersive' Daily Mail

'There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko's novel beautifully written, ambitious and moving, and all of that is true, but it's more than that now: if you want to understand a forgotten and essential part of the world we live in, The Leavers is required reading' Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth

One morning, Deming Guo's mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson.

But far from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents' desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It's a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.

'As relevant as ever as the future of immigrants in America hangs in the balance' TIME

'A rich, multifaceted portrait of displacement and the trauma of not belonging' Independent

'One of the most engaging, deeply probing, and beautiful books I have read this year' Laila Lalami, author of The Moor's Account

'Instantly compelling' Stylist

'A must-read' Marie Claire

FINALIST for the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION 2017

WINNER OF THE 2016 PEN/BELLWETHER PRIZE FOR FICTION

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2017 BY OPRAH, NPR, BUZZFEED AND HUFFINGTON POST
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 138 x 205 x 26mm | 324g
  • Dialogue Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349700524
  • 9780349700526
  • 14,932

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Quietly sensational . . . its underlying themes of displacement and deportation carry deep and desperately urgent resonances far beyond America, and fiction Arifa Akbar Guardian
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A rich and sensitive portrait of lives lived across borders, cultures, and languages ... One of the most engaging, deeply probing, and beautiful books I have read this year * Laila Lalami, author of The Moor's Account * A must-read * Marie Claire * Ambitious . . . Lisa Ko has taken the headlines and has reminded us that beyond them lie messy, brave, extraordinary, ordinary lives * New York Times Book Review * Instantly compelling * Stylist Magazine * Lisa Ko's writing is snappy, real and completely engrossing... it took my breath away * Books ft. Politics * A rich, multifaceted portrait of displacement and the trauma of not belonging -- Lucy Scholes * Independent * One of 2017's most anticipated fiction debuts... The Leavers feels as relevant as ever as the future of immigrants in America hangs in the balance * TIME * There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko's novel beautifully written, ambitious, and moving, and all of that is true, but it's more than that now: if you want to understand a forgotten and essential part of the world we live in, The Leavers is required reading * Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth * Utterly immersive * Daily Mail * Quietly sensational . . . its underlying themes of displacement and deportation carry deep and desperately urgent resonances far beyond America, and fiction -- Arifa Akbar * Guardian *
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About Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko's fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Apogee Journal, Narrative, Copper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. She was born in New York City, where she now lives. Visit her at lisa-ko.com.
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23,589 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 23% (5,466)
4 47% (11,097)
3 24% (5,753)
2 4% (1,034)
1 1% (239)
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