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MAC'S BACKS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES THE LEAVERS

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mac's Backs Book Club discusses The Leavers by Lisa Ko.

Click here for the Zoom link - https://us02web.zoom.us/s/89963247444?pwd=OHZxS2pCTmpNSlNzVGhjL1BWNVRsUT...

Lisa Ko's powerful debut, The Leavers, is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

One morning, Deming Guo's mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon--and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. 
With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents' desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind. 
Told from the perspective of both Daniel--as he grows into a directionless young man--and Polly, Ko's novel gives us one of fiction's most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another. 
Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It's a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. 

"This wrenching and all-too-topical debut novel picks up the life of an 11-year-old American-born boy on the day his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, disappears . . . Ko uses the voices of both the boy and his birth mother to tell a story that unfolds in graceful, realistic fashion and defies expectations." 
--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Ko's debut is a sweeping examination of family through the eyes of a single mother, a Chinese immigrant, and her U.S.-born son, whose separation haunts and defines their lives. 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

Lisa Ko's fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016Apogee JournalNarrativeCopper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. She was born in New York City, where she now lives.

The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through our website at the 20% book club discount.

 

Event address: 
Mac's Bakcs Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Books: 
The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616208042
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018