The Leavers (2020)

The Leavers 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 ye
  • Title: The Leavers
  • Author: Lisa Ko
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  • Page: 470
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  • The Leavers
    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 They rename hOne 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 They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an all American boy But far away from all he s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.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, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.
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    1. Junior year of high school, he had seen a Chinese woman in the Littletown Mall Thin, with permed hair, gripping plastic bags with the handles twisted around each other She d honed in there was no hiding his face, and when she spoke he understood her Mandarin She was lost Could he help She needed to make a phone call, find a bus Her face was scared and anxious Two teenage boys, pale and gangly, had watched and mimicked her accent, and Daniel had said, in English, I can t speak Chinese Afterwards, [...]

    2. Wow This book is a kindle special for 1.99 today If you haven t read it yet have a kindle grab it for this price It s a GREAT BOOK I thought I was the fool for waiting so long to read it It was only after I touched the hardback in my indi Book store silky smooth to touch gorgeous vibrant orange coloramped as an Literary Award Winner.did I ask myself, what the hell is wrong with you Why was I hesitating reading this book I knew about it read a few things about this story Great Reviews but I THOUG [...]

    3. The Leavers by Lisa Ko is utterly exquisite This book about two different people s struggle between doing what is right, what people want and expect them to do, and what they want to do, is tremendously moving and powerful As the title suggests, it s both a story of those who leave and the effect on those who are left.Deming Guo is 11 years old He s being raised by his mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, and they live in a crowded Bronx apartment with Polly s boyfriend, his sister, [...]

    4. Imagine you re a 17 year old girl named Peilan who becomes Polly, and you ve come come to the US from China seeking a better life And oh by the way you re pregnant and here illegally, owing a loan shark 50,000 You have to work long hours in awful working conditions to scrape enough for the payments You have to bring your infant son to work with you because there is no one to care for him There are some things that happen in this story that were hard to relate to but then this immigrant experienc [...]

    5. 5 Stars.Deming Guo was a young boy when one day, his mother disappeared That morning, he went to school and she went to work The difference He came home The Leavers is a coming of age story about a Chinese American boy named Deming Guo n k a Daniel Wilkinson Deming had to grow up faster, and learn to shut off his feelings and thoughts in a way that no child ever should He and his mother Peilan Polly were always very close They were, like two birds of a feather, two peas in a pod, best friends Th [...]

    6. Damn damn damn spoilers Even though the blurb and reviews don t come out and say exactly what happened, a couple of buzz words kept loudly buzzing around in my head Unfortunately, they landed on the exact right spot Bingo I figured out what had happened almost as soon as the story started It spoiled the mystery, that s for sure.But luckily this story isn t primarily a mystery It s a well written and interesting coming of age story about a Chinese American kid, Deming aka Daniel It s also a story [...]

    7. The Leavers by Lisa Ko is a 2017 Algonquin Books publication Timely, heartbreaking, and emotional.Polly immigrates to the US from China and is raising her young son Deming, living with her boyfriend, Leon, his sister, Vivian, and her son, Michael But, one day, after an argument, Polly leaves for work and disappears With no blood relatives, Deming finds himself at the mercy of Vivian, who says she can t afford to keep him However, he does end up in a good home, with Kay and Peter, an educated cou [...]

    8. With sincere gratitude I thank Algonquin Books, Annie Mazes of Workman Publishing, the author, Lisa Ko, and Edelweiss for providing an e galley of Leavers for my enjoyment and review.A special shout out to Northshire Bookstore and Tracy Davies, Events Manager for bringing Kisa Ko to Booktopia 2017 in Manchester, Vermont I usually format my reviews with The Hook, The Line, and The Sinker This is difficult to do with galleys as the publisher asks that passages not be quoted, as the finished work m [...]

    9. Deming Guo is a fifth grader living with his mother Polly in the Bronx Polly is an illegal immigrant who supports them by working at a nearby nail salon Together, they live in an apartment with her boyfriend and his family One day, Polly does not return home from work and no one can find her Ten years later, Deming is a college student named Daniel He is struggling with life and has developed a gambling problem He is uninterested in college, and his friends are tired of his indecisiveness He is [...]

    10. In China, Polly longs for a better life one of adventure and excitement rather than confinement and poverty Although she works for a time in a larger city, she continues to long for Polly ends up in New York, owing a vast amount of money to loan sharks in order to pursue her dreams She has a baby boy, Deming, and eventually has to extend her loan to send him back to her father in China until he is school age.When Deming returns, Polly is still living in straitened circumstances and working long [...]

    11. I ve had a great reading year in 2017, and The Leavers is in my top favorites.Thanks to my reading friends who strongly encouraged me to read The Leavers because I never tire of books on immigrant experiences Forgive my idealism, but I believe this is one of those empathy building perspective taking books you wish everyone would read Being an immigrant in a foreign country is not easy for Peilan She arrived in the United States young, pregnant, and owing an enormous debt I don t want to give awa [...]

    12. I promise I ll never leave you Deming Guo Daniel Wilkinson has never had much stability in his life He was born in New York to an undocumented Chinese immigrant, but was sent to live with family in China when he was only one year old He was sent back to New York to live with his mother when he turned six Five years later, his mother disappears without a trace Peilan Polly Guo left for work one morning and never returned At the age of eleven, the people he thought were his family place him in the [...]

    13. 3.5 When Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett endorse a book I pay attention.Lisa Ko s debut novel is a book full of many things Among them, a mother son relationship, the plight of undocumented immigrants and their children born in the United States with all rights and privileges of citizenship denied their parents, the search for personal identity and self worth, foster parenting and adoption, skilled writing I very much appreciated at times and therein was also my problem with it The writing g [...]

    14. The Leavers was a compelling novel that did an excellent job of putting me in the headspace of someone I don t identify with at all Deming Guo is adopted by a white upper middle class couple after his mother disappears from her job one day The struggles of identity, trying to fit in, and coping with loss that Deming later called Daniel tries to navigate as he grows up in a new setting were all moving and relatable.However, I felt by the end of the novel, there was a lot of repetition and I think [...]

    15. Stunning, emotionally charged, socially critical novel about a young female Chinese woman and her American born son This novel tackles so much and does it well It takes place in China as well as in America The voice alternates from first person perspective of Peilan Guo and third person perspective of her son, Deming.Peilan, fled China young and pregnant, in hopes of escaping the boy who impregnated her as well as the pregnancy, only to find she was a few weeks past 7 months and termination woul [...]

    16. I wanted so much to love this book, but it fell flat for me The scope is too large, encompassing Deming Daniel s childhood and his present, as well as 23 years of his mother s life The narrative jumps all over the place chronologically It s difficult to like any of the characters, and every moment seems like a rock bottom moment for someone There was no build to a climax, with the whole book feeling like one big, dark depressing weight I would have loved information about Polly s experience wit [...]

    17. He recalled how she and Peter had insisted on English, his new name, the right education How better and hinged on their ideas of success, their plans Mama, Chinese, the Bronx, Deming they had never been enough He shivered, and for a brief, horrible moment, he could see himself the way he realized they saw him as someone who needed to be saved Lisa Ko s The Leavers is such a raw, honest read, a novel of alienation and identity, adoption and duality and what it means to be family, that is well wr [...]

    18. Deming Guo lives with his mom Polly, her boyfriend Leon, and his family in a cramped apartment in New York Every morning Polly leaves to work at a nail salon One day, Polly does not come back home and her whereabouts are unknown Deming stays with Leon s family for some time longer but soon the financial burden is too much and he is placed in foster care Eventually he is adopted by two white college professors, who change his name to Daniel Wilkinson and move him to the suburbs No longer sure of [...]

    19. It is hard to believe that this powerful, beautifully written and timely book is a debut novel It was awarded the 2016 PEN Bellwether Prize for fiction by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.The novel is told from two points of view We learn about Deming s life in the Bronx where he lives in a small apartment with his mother, Peilan Polly, her boyfriend Leon, his sister, Vivian, and her son, Michael It is a hard life, his mother always struggling to make ends m [...]

    20. I m having a hard time getting my thoughts together on The Leavers You know those books that technically do everything right, but you still don t love them for some reason 3 stars feels unfair to the author, who s created a beautiful story that sweeps across multiple generations and locations, but I m in the habit of using my reviews and ratings to express my personal experience with books I m not trying to reach an objective truth, here, just explain why I wasn t able to love this book the way [...]

    21. It s important to be strong This was a mantra for one of the main characters, not only when he faced a crisis in his life, but whenever he began to trust someone This tells you quite a bit about him and a running theme throughout this story of two people struggling to live the lives they were meant to live Though on a broader scale, this is a timely and important book concerning the treatment of illegal immigrants in the US It is also about the issue of robbing an adopted child of his cultural h [...]

    22. One morning Deming Daniel Guo s Mother, Peilan Polly goes to work at the nail salon where she is employed and does not return For awhile Deming Daniel continues to live in the home they shared with Polly s boyfriend, his sister and her son Just where did Polly go Before she went missing she was talking about moving to Florida to earn money and have a higher standard of living She wanted the American dream of having a better life for her and her son Having a better life was hard as she was an un [...]

    23. The Outsider s Guide to Not Fitting InBy Judge Elizabeth KieferThere s no better time to read a powerful book than when the world feels cold and unfriendly While using fiction as an escape from reality is incredibly rewarding on its own, what s even better is when a novel s lessons lift from the pages and inform our lives with renewed compassion.On the surface, The Leavers is a novel about a mother and son who are separated by forces powerful than their blood bond Deming is a good kid growing u [...]

    24. Our son grew up with a boy born in Asia who, as an infant, was adopted by an American, middle class family He had perfectly nice parents and a biracial adopted sister Our son told us the boy felt sad, wondering why his mother gave him up, and about how he was conflicted by being different as the only Asian in school There was always an air of sadness about the boy.I thought of that boy, now a man, while reading Lisa Ko s debut novel The Leavers The book is a moving journey into the lives of Demi [...]

    25. Deming Guo is 11 years old when his mother leaves him It s not the first time Making the trip to the United States Deming s mother Polly finds she s too late to have an abortion Still an infant, Polly briefly leaves Deming in a stiff plastic bag on the pavement under a bench in New York but returns to him Deming gets sent to China to live with his grandfather for a time before returning to live with his mother, her boyfriend Leon, Leon s sister and her son Michael At 11 Deming s mother disappear [...]

    26. I ve heard rumors that this book is on May s Book of the Month list, so I wanted to make sure to publish my review asap Deming is a child when his mother disappears, and not too long after, he is adopted by a childless couple in Upstate New York and renamed Daniel They don t know the whole story of how he became available for adoption, but neither does Deming, and his entire world that he knows is taken from him This novel traces the story back to how his mother came to be in New York when he wa [...]

    27. Hard to summarize, so I ll just say this I once read an article that stated that research indicated that the reason so many immigrants achieve amazing success in the United States is because there s a certain boldness of character required to move across the world to a foreign culture, and that this boldness serves you well in all circumstances Polly Guo strikes me as a wonderful epitome of this theory.

    28. This book was a great read I fell in love with the characters It had me guessing what happened to Deming s mother.I highly recommend this novel.

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