Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction

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

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Bustle, Buzzfeed, The Millions, NYLON, The Washington Post, 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

“[The Leavers] uses the voices of both [a] boy and his birth mother to tell a story that unfolds in graceful, realistic fashion and defies expectations. Though it won last year’s PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction, Ko’s book is more far-reaching than that.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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

“In The Leavers, Lisa Ko has created one of the most courageous mother characters in recent memory. Polly is brash, brave, and heartbreaking and her ferocity is marvelous to behold. 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

“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)