Weekend Giveaway: THE LEAVERS By Lisa Ko

This weekend giveaway is sponsored by The Leavers by Lisa Ko, the new PEN/Bellwether winner.

Lisa Ko’s powerful debut, The Leavers, is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction to a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a Bronx nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

Eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. A pair of well-meaning white professors eventually adopt Deming, renaming him Daniel Wilkinson and moving him to a small town. Daniel struggles to reconcile their desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother. Told from the perspective of Daniel—as he grows into a directionless young man—and Polly, who is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another.


We have 10 copies each of The Leavers by Lisa Ko to give away to 10 Riot readers. Just complete the form below to enter. Entries are limited to the United States and will be accepted until 11:59pm, Friday, May 12th. Winners will be randomly selected.

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