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The Leavers

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an "all-American boy". But far away from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother's disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It's the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away - and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her 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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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
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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
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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 : Australia, 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
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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