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Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction.

Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and Electric Literature, Lisa Ko's debut novel is essential reading for our times.

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, eleven-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.

This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

"Whatever answers the reader comes to, she will appreciate the beautiful and layered portrayal of these characters, the colorful imagery of the landscape and story, and the wake-up call to the fate of immigrants and adoptees yesterday, today and in the future." - BookBrowse

"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 (Favorite Books of 2017)

""[A] dazzling debut ... Filled with exquisite, heartrending details, Ko's exploration of the often-brutal immigrant experience in America is a moving tale of family and belonging." - People (Book of the Week)

"When Deming Guo was 11, his Chinese immigrant mother, Polly, left for work at a nail salon and never returned. In alternating perspectives, this heart-wrenching literary debut tells both of their stories. Grade: A" - Entertainment Weekly

"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

"This wrenching and all-too-topical debut novel picks up the life of an 11-year-old American-born boy on the day his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, disappears ... Ko uses the voices of both the boy and his birth mother to tell a story that unfolds in graceful, realistic fashion and defies expectations." - Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Though obviously skillfully written - it's a winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction - the book can sometimes be difficult to read, thanks to its bleak subject matter, which, nevertheless, is reflective of today's reality. Those who are interested in closely observed, character-driven fiction will want to leave room for The Leavers on their shelves." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Ko's stunning tale of love and loyalty - to family, to country - is a fresh and moving look at the immigrant experience in America, and is as timely as ever." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Ko's writing is strong, and her characters, whether major or minor, are skillfully developed. Readers who enjoy thoughtfully told relationship tales by authors such as Lisa See, Jamie Ford, and Nadia Hashimi will appreciate." - Library Journal

"This timely novel depicts the heart- and spirit-breaking difficulties faced by illegal immigrants with meticulous specificity." - Kirkus Reviews

"The Leavers is courageous, sensitive, and perfectly of this moment." - Barbara Kingsolver

"The Leavers is about the bonds between parents and children and the many pulls of home. It was a book I did not want to end." - Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman

"In writing about Polly and her son Deming, Ko captures one family's unique experience of becoming American while also exposing the loss of status, economic desperation, physical endangerment, and psychological grit of the undocumented worker as well as the alienation, double consciousness, mobility, and comparative access of the first generation." - Emily Raboteau, author of Searching for Zion

"“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, author of Commonwealth

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