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  • Quarterly Picks & Resources
    Each quarter, we will release a new Spotlight Selection title, along with materials including a discussion guide and exclusive author interview to help you get the most out of your book club. We will also curate an additional eight recommended titles to meet the diverse interests of any group. Your next great book club pick is here!
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Our Spotlight Selection

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The Leavers

Author: Read by: Emily Woo Zeller Genre: Fiction Publisher: Algonquin Books Release Year: 2017 Length: 352 pages / 14h 54m

An emotionally harrowing debut novel that explores assimilation and loss, immigration and homeland, independence and connection. 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.

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. This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction and a National Book Award finalist.

"“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

"“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

Book Club Resources
Why We Love The Leavers preview image

Why We Love The Leavers

Download PDF – 2.19M
Discussion Guide preview image

Discussion Guide

Download PDF – 1.59M
9 Questions with Lisa Ko preview image

9 Questions with Lisa Ko

Download PDF – 1.68M
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Recommended Next Reads

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Additional Book Club Recommendations