The Leavers by Lisa Ko audiobook

The Leavers: A Novel

By Lisa Ko
Read by Emily Woo Zeller

HighBridge, Highbridge Audio 9781616206888
14.89 Hours 1
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017

Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction

A 2017 Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year pick

An Oprah Pick of Favorite Books of 2017

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017

An NPR Best Book of 2017

A 2017 Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year selection

A People Pick of the Week

A May 2017 LibraryReads Pick

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Emily Woo Zeller ably voices Ko’s many characters and imagery-laden prose.” Library Journal (starred audio review)
“Ko’s exploration of the often-brutal immigrant experience in America is a moving tale of family and belonging.” People
“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
“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)
“The author clearly shows readers that she is an emerging writer to watch. Ko’s writing is strong, and her characters, whether major or minor, are skillfully developed.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Lisa Ko

Author Bio: Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko is a founding coeditor of Hyphen and a fiction editor at Drunken Boat. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Narrative, Copper Nickel, and the Asian Pacific American Journal.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 14.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English