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WORD Presents Lisa Ko for THE LEAVERS

    04/26/2018 - 7:30pm

    Join us in Jersey City for a night of wine and an author talk with award winner Lisa Ko to discuss her uncompromising, timely debut novel, THE LEAVERS. This bookseller favorite not only won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction – awarded by Barbara Kingsolver to a novel that addresses contemporary issues of social justice – last year, but was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Awards. Ko’s penetrating and emotionally rich work courageously tackles rarely-talked- about subtleties behind larger issues of immigration and adoption as it looks at questions of what it means to belong. Garnering tremendous critical acclaim nationwide, THE LEAVERS became one of the best books of 2017.

    About the Book
    When eleven-year- old Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, fails to come home from work one day at the nail salon, he is left on his own. Adopted by two white college professors, he moves from the Bronx to upstate New York, where his name is changed to Daniel Wilkinson and his well-intentioned new parents try to give him an all-American life. But the boy, haunted by his mother’s disappearance and memories of all he has been forced to leave behind, struggles to embrace fully this new reality. Told from the perspective of both Daniel –as he grows into a troubled young man–and Polly, the narrative unravels the unnerving mystery of Polly’s disappearance and the difficult choice she is forced to make. Set in New York and China, THE LEAVERS is a vivid examination of border 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.

    About the Author

    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. Visit her at

    This event takes place in our Jersey City location. Entrance is a $5 voucher which can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including The Leavers! Please note that if a copy of The Leavers is purchased at the event, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well. 

    The Leavers Cover Image
    By Lisa Ko
    ISBN: 9781616206888
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Algonquin Books - May 2nd, 2017


    Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and Electric Literature

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    This voucher is good towards entrance to this event in our Jersey City location. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including The Leavers! Please note that if a copy of the event book is purchased at the store, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well.