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Lisa Ko

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I'm the author of THE LEAVERS, a novel that won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction. Set in New York and China, THE LEAVERS follows one young man's search for his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant who disappears when he's 11 years old, after which he is adopted by a white family. It's the story of one mother and her son: what brings them together and takes them apart.

I'm a believer in the long game: I started writing stories when I was 5 years old and published my first book at 41.

Find me on Twitter, learn more about my journey to publication on my website, and check out my PEN Ten interview.

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While I was working on The Leavers, I made a mixtape that I’d listen to on my headphones while I wrote. Songs that my protagonists, Polly and Deming, might listen to. Songs that helped evoke certain scenes in the book.



Cat Power, “Manhattan”

He wandered out to the rooftop, the city spread wide like an offering, though he knew better than to admit he was impressed by the view. Upstate, snow was ev...

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"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.
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“Everyone had stories they told themselves to get through the days.”
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“It was a funny thing, forgiveness. You could spend years being angry with someone and then realize you no longer felt the same, that your usual mode of thinking had slipped away when you weren't noticing.”
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“It was that kind of mindfuck: to be too visible and invisible at the same time, in the ways it mattered the most.”
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