Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction

Winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Los Angeles Times, Oprah Magazine, Electric Literature, and others

“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

“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

“Dazzling. . . 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)

“Courageous, sensitive, and perfectly of this moment.” —Barbara Kingsolver, author of Flight Behavior

“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

“A sweeping examination of family…. 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)

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