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The Leavers

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
'A vivid fictional exploration of what it means to belong and what it feels like when you don't'Oprah Magazine - Favourite Books of 2017

Finalist for the National Book Award 2017

Winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction

'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

'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

*****



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.

*****

Genre: Literary Fiction    

Praise for this book

"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


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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Leavers (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewer's Choice)
Author(s): Lisa Ko
ISBN: 1-4328-4118-1 / 978-1-4328-4118-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Ko
ISBN: 1-61620-688-8 / 978-1-61620-688-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Ko
ISBN: 1-61620-804-X / 978-1-61620-804-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leavers: Winner of the PEN/Bellweather Prize for Fiction
Author(s): Lisa Ko
ISBN: 0-349-70052-4 / 978-0-349-70052-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dialogue Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

May 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Leavers
Author(s): Lisa Ko
ISBN: 1-68168-508-6 / 978-1-68168-508-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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May 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Leavers: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Ko
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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May 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Leavers: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Ko
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Leavers: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Ko
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Leavers: Winner of the PEN/Bellweather Prize for Fiction
Author(s): Lisa Ko
Publisher: Dialogue Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Ko
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon CA