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The leavers av Lisa Ko
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The leavers (utgåvan 2017)

av Lisa Ko

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"One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. 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. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is 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"--… (mer)
Medlem:RichardPlusTyler
Titel:The leavers
Författare:Lisa Ko
Info:Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.
Samlingar:Lambsburg - Book Room, Ditt bibliotek
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Cathy
  chapterthree | Jun 2, 2021 |
"In the city, he had been just another kid. He had never known how exhausting it was to be conspicuous."

I have been sitting on this review for almost two weeks because it is so beautiful. The Leavers by Lisa Ko is the story of Deming, a transracial adoptee who thinks his mother abandoned him when he was eleven. He grows up trapped between two worlds and never reconciles his feelings about his mother being gone. Polly, his mom has her own story and issues she is dealing with and she never stopped thinking about her son. An email from his old friend Michael set Deming, now Daniel on a path to possibly finding his mother and reconnecting with his Chinese roots.

The story is told from both perspectives and you get an in depth view of what each of them is going through. The writing really carries this story through the slow start. Both characters have flaws but I was invested in both of their stories until the end. There were points in the story where I wanted to rip the pages because the adoptive parents are so cringey and I know that there are actual people out there that share their beliefs. I found it difficult to garner any empathy for them at all.

I loved this book because I got to see the other side of the story. Media glorifies celebrity transracial adoptions but you never get to hear the stories of the adoptees themselves. This a story that many adoptees will be able to identify with.

The thoughts that stay with me after I finished were:

🌸 The U.S. deems white mothers to be more fit parents than immigrant parents.
🌸 The U.S. immigration policies are racist and continue to separate families.
🌸 Older transracial adoptees are forcibly assimilated and lose their connection with their home country.
🌸 The English only narrative harms more than helps.
🌸 Women still don't have the same economic and educational opportunities as men in many countries.
🌸 Women are expected to be mothers and wives and not have career goals and expectations for themselves.
🌸 Transracial adoptions is another way that the U.S. perpetuates ethnic cleansing and cultural erasure.
🌸 The pathway to citizenship for Blacks and POC is full of impossible red tape.

Bookdragon rating 4.75 🔥 ( )
1 rösta Booklover217 | May 21, 2021 |
One of the most powerful and informative sub-genres of fiction is one that focuses on the stories of immigrants to a new country. What and why are they leaving? What are they looking for? Why are they willing to take risks and what are the outcomes? "The Leavers" by Lisa Ko is perhaps the most moving and effective novels on immigration, present-day immigration into the US. Polly Guo emigrates from China to New York, eventually bringing her son Deming with her. When she literally disappears, Deming is taken from his familiar Bronx neighborhood and adopted by a couple in upstate New York. Deming has no explanation for his mother's absence and has to not only navigate his new all-white middle-class world, but figure out where he fits in. When at 21 he decides to search for his mother, the narrative shifts to Polly and we learn about the complicated and sometimes soul-crushing background to immigration from China. All of the questions I posed at the start of this review are answered. Ko skillfully provides a voice to both Deming and Polly and provides us with a novel that leaves us deeply moved and so much more aware of what might lie behind the surface when we are aware of individuals who have recently immigrated. . I believe this novel, though being nominated for the National Book Award and winning the PEN / Bellwether Award has not received the widespread readership it deserves. ( )
  jfurshong | Jan 27, 2021 |
About half way thru this book I realized that I had already read it but it wasn't on my Goodreads list and I wasn't entirely sure. I kept thinking did I finish it. Well I remember the perfect ending and my frustrations with some of the characters so yes, already read. However, I'm counting it towards this year because I didn't count it before. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
I enjoyed this more than my usual expectations for contemporary fiction, and the subject feels extremely timely, what with all these border detentions and MAGA losers. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
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Like the sea, I am recommended by my orphaning. 
Noisy with telegrams not received,
quarrelsome with aliases,
intricate with misguided journeys,
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