The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko

2017 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction

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

Finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award

Named a best book of the year 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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