The Leavers Book Club

Pat will lead the Evening Book Club discussion on The Leavers By Lisa Ko, on Thursday August 30 from 6-8pm. 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. Algonguin $15.95 less 20% discount.  

Event date: 

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

32 The Square
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018