Lisa ko has created one of the most courageous mother characters in recent memory polly is brash brave and heartbreaking and her ferocity is marvelous to behold the leavers is about the bonds between parents and children and the many pulls of home. 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. April 2017 lisa ko in the leavers a chinese woman is deported leaving her american born son alone the author talks about the ripped from the headlines inspiration for her book the author talks about the ripped from the headlines inspiration for her book. Lisa ko is the author of the novel the leavers which won the pen bellwether prize for socially engaged fiction and was a national book award finalist. Book summary finalist for the 2017 national book award for fiction named a best book of 2017 by npr entertainment weekly the los angeles times buzzfeed bustle and electric literature lisa kos debut novel is essential reading for our times
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