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Lisa Ko
I'm the author of THE LEAVERS, a novel that won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and will be published by Algonquin Books on May 2, 2017. Set in New York and China, THE LEAVERS follows one young man's search for his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant who disappears... show more



I'm the author of THE LEAVERS, a novel that won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and will be published by Algonquin Books on May 2, 2017. Set in New York and China, THE LEAVERS follows one young man's search for his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant who disappears when he's 11 years old, after which he is adopted by a white family. It's the story of one mother and her son: what brings them together and takes them apart. Learn more about me and my writing at lisa-ko.com.

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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it 1 year ago
The story of Deming and his mother. The story is told from both points of view, past and present, alone then together. I did not care for any of the characters. Deming as a child is great but as an adult, as Daniel, he is a jerk. His adoptive parents are also jerks. I felt bad for Polly, his m...
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Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog rated it 1 year ago
This was an amazing book, on a difficult, timely issue. It feels truthful, since it represents many points of view and the complexities of immigration, without candy-coating anything. There are no heroes in this story, and most, if not all of the characters are flawed in some way. There were parts t...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it 1 year ago
The Leavers, The Leavers, Lisa Ko, author, Emily Woo Zeller, narrator There are many reasons why this book received so many accolades, the foremost, I believe, is because it is about current political issues. It attempts to present the plight of the immigrant, emphasis not on immigrant, or illegal i...
Just Olga and her books
Just Olga and her books rated it 2 years ago
Thanks to Little Brown UK for providing me an ARC copy of this book and for inviting me to participate in the blog tour on the occasion of the UK book’s launch. The Leavers comes highly recommended (winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction) and it feels particularly relevant t...
"So it goes."
"So it goes." rated it 2 years ago
"...to acknowledge his mother's regret meant he had to think of what her leaving had done to him..." I'd guessed The Leavers would be an emotional read for me, but I read things that hit close to home often. This one felt like it both got into and came from somewhere deep inside my bones. To ke...
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