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  • Leavers

    I enjoyed the book's format of changing the focus of the story to the different characters so you got different perspectives of why events unfolded as they did. The story made me uneasy and I kept wanting to say "No, don't do that!!". The human condition is hard scrabble and making your way through hurt, loss and abandoment is the theme of this story seen through the backdrop of a Chinese boy , his mother and adoptive family. I preferred Little Fires everywhere.

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  • Book’s Title Conveys Story’s Theme

    Nice to read two points of view - the leaver and the one who is left. Gives two sides to a sad tale with no winners just two people who have lost a lot and the effects of being left or leaving. Didn’t really find the book riveting but I definitely found the characters believable and three dimensional.

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  • Worth reading

    I received The Leavers complimentary through Goodreads. It is a novel about people who are leaving. These people leave by choice sometimes but others are forced to leave. It is a story about immigration, poverty, foster care, adoption, deportation, and child rearing. It provides insight how a Chinese child (the protagonist) goes through the foster care system and adoption. It deals with the child not knowing what happens to his biological mother and missing her tremendously. He has to adapt to his adoptive parents. The angst he feels in trying to please his adoptive parents and the conflict he feels in having his name “Americanized” (from Deming to Daniel). This story also describes life for Deming’s mother who is deported after his place of employment is raided. Her story tugs at your heart strings. The book is a little slow in developing but is a moving story once the characters are developed. It provides insight into the challenges of immigration especially for the children born in the US. I recommend everyone read this book. Once it draws you in, you will root for Daniel (Deming) to the very end. I was fortunate to receive The Leavers through Goodreads’ Giveaways.

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  • Very Immersive Book!

    What stood out for me in this book is how authentic the ‘voices’ are. I could hear the various cultures: Chinese, American, and Chinese-American in the characters’ thoughts and speech, and it can be felt in their actions and hopes and dreams. This is an impressive novel with a broad scope that sweeps the reader up into cultural differences that somehow throw a spotlight onto our human similarities. Beautifully written and compelling, this is a novel that will continue to make me think about all it contains well into the future.

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  • Unputdownable Bittersweet Story

    I loved this book. Lisa Ko’s writing is so authentic. The story speaks to the strength of the human spirit. The subject is very timely, touching on immigration, illegals and adoption. I couldn’t put it down!

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