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The Resource The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist)

The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist)

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The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist)
Title
The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist)
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Ko
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Language
eng
Summary
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 “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 Lisa Ko’s powerful debut, The Leavers, is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice. 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. Told from the perspective of both Daniel—as he grows into a directionless young man—and Polly, Ko’s novel gives us one of fiction’s most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another. 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
Summary
"One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. 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. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is 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"--
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Award
  • Asian Pacific American Award for Literature: Adult Fiction, 2018.
  • Bellwether Prize for Fiction, 2016.
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2017
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Provided by publisher
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BT
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Ko, Lisa
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
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  • 870
  • 870
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist)
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Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781616207137
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optical disk
Label
The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist)
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781616207137
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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