The LeaverseBook - 2017
From Library Staff
This story tackles adoption and cultural assimilation. Deming is a young Chinese-American boy who is abandoned by his single mother and adopted by a white family. He later searches for his mother and discovers his own identity along the way.
CCCL_EDI May 13, 2020
Deming is a child left behind by his mother Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, then adopted by two white parents and is renamed Daniel Wilkinson. Questions abound: where is his birth mom, Polly? What is Denning's identity/place in this world? A standout debut from Lisa Ko.
Winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Ko's debut novel brings together the voices of Polly Guo, a manicurist from China, and her young son, Deming, a fifth grader. All are living happily in New York with Polly's boyfriend, Leon; his sister Vivian; and her son Micha... Read More »