The Leavers (Paperback)
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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 26/04/2018
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Finalist for the National Book Award 2017

'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

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.

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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349700526
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 205 x 138 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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 

'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 

'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' - O, The Oprah Magazine (Favourite Books of 2017) 

'Consider this book a must-read: They may be fictional, but these characters have a lot to teach us about the difficulties of belonging and the plight of illegal immigrants' - Marie Claire 

'One of 2017's most anticipated fiction debuts... The winner of last year's PEN/Bellwether Prize, which recognizes fiction that explores issues of social justice, The Leavers feels as relevant as ever as the future of immigrants in America hangs in the balance' - Time.com

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TripFiction

“Novel set in NEW YORK and CHINA (the prose is dense with wonderful imagery)”

Lisa’s Ko’s wonderful debut novel offers the reader a powerful exploration of the theme of identity. Through the often-heart-rending story of Deming and his mother, Polly, Ko focuses on the plight of illegal... More

Paperback edition
6th August 2018
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Whispering Stories

“The book is touching and so poignant”

The leavers by Lisa Ko is ultimately a story of love, loss and finding yourself when you feel that you don’t fit in.

At ten-years-old, Deming Guo has already had an eventful life. His mother Peilan (Polly) Guo was an... More

Paperback edition
16th May 2018
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