The Leavers

The Leavers

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 26/04/2018
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Synopsis

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: Dialogue
  • ISBN: 9780349700526
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 281g
  • Dimensions: 205 x 138 x 26 mm

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The Leavers
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 alre... READ MORE
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The Leavers
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 hi... READ MORE
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