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    • ISBN:9780349700526
    • Publication date:26 Apr 2018

The Leavers

Winner of the PEN/Bellweather Prize for Fiction

By Lisa Ko

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Ko's novel is 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.

FINALIST, NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION 2017

FINALIST, PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT 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


'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.

*****

'The Leavers feels 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

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

'Instantly compelling' - Stylist Magazine

'A must-read' - Marie Claire

Lisa Ko's writing is snappy, real and completely engrossing... it took my breath away - Books ft. Politics

Biographical Notes

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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  • Publication date: 30 Nov 2017
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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
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 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
A rich, multifaceted portrait of displacement and the trauma of not belonging — Lucy Scholes, Independent
Lisa Ko's writing is snappy, real and completely engrossing... it took my breath away — Books ft. Politics
Instantly compelling — Stylist Magazine
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
A must-read — Marie Claire
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
Quietly sensational . . . its underlying themes of displacement and deportation carry deep and desperately urgent resonances far beyond America, and fiction
Utterly immersive
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
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
A rich, multifaceted portrait of displacement and the trauma of not belonging
Lisa Ko's writing is snappy, real and completely engrossing... it took my breath away
Instantly compelling
Ambitious . . . Lisa Ko has taken the headlines and has reminded us that beyond them lie messy, brave, extraordinary, ordinary lives
A must-read
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
Here is imperative reading: a vivid fictional exploration of what it means to belong and what it feels like when you don't . . . Ko gives us an unsparing portrait of the resilience and grit it takes to risk everything to break free of tradition and start over in a foreign land
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