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The leavers (edição 2017)

por 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"--… (mais)
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Título:The leavers
Autores:Lisa Ko
Informação:Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.
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Etiquetas:to-read, 21st-century, american-lit, chinese-lit

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I was as glad that Daniel aka Deming went back to his legal parents, after all they loved him and tried to do the best for him. I can't imagine their disappointment if Deming had chosen to stay with his birth mother (it's all fictional but I thought that is just the right thing to do, to show gratitude to the people who bring you up and love you). Leavers here refers to Deming and his mother, both seeking the life they are happiest in. Deming's mother, Polly, is established as a language teacher in China and she has an understanding husband but she chose to uproot and move to Hong Kong. Deming went back to his roots and reunite with his mother but chose to return to the U.S. Whatever the choices are, it all takes courage. ( )
  siok | Sep 19, 2021 |
Lisa Ko's 2016 PEN/ Bellwether Prize winning novel centers around two narrators, Polly who puts herself in debt for 50,000 dollars to immigrate to the US, and her son, Deming who at first is sent back to China to stay with his grandfather while his mother makes some money and then is returned to live with her at age five in NYC. For five years we read of their existence, living with her boyfriend Leon and his sister Vivian and her son Michael. They scrape by, trying to live a semblance of the American dream until one day his mom disappears. The novel then alternates narration as the two tell of the ensuing years and struggles. For Deming, who is eventually adopted by wealthy white parents, his name is changed to Danial, he feels unmoored and isolated in school until he meets a friend, Roland, whose similar love of music bonds them." the real him remained stubbornly out there like a fat cruise ship on the horizon, visible but out of reach, and whenever he got closer it drifted farther away". He is forever a bit angry that his mom left him and it is the mystery of her disappearance that propels the action of the novel. Ko relates in an interview that she first got the idea for the novel from an article she read about a woman held in a detention center whose American son gets adopted by white parents. "Nearly a quarter of those deported are parents of U.S.-born children who remain in the country, so you have all these families that have been permanently fractured."
Highly recommend this novel and look forward to her future work.
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Deming and his mother loved everything bagels, the sheer balls of it, the New York audacity that a bagel could proclaim to be everything, even if it was only topped with sesame seeds and poppy seeds and salt.

His mother could curse, but the one time he’d let motherfucker bounce out in front of her, loving the way the syllables got meatbally in his mouth, she had slapped his arm and said he was better than that.

You had to hunt for her beauty, might not even catch it at first. There was a sweetness to her mouth, her lips lightly upturned, lending her a look of faint amusement, and her eyebrows arched so her eyes appeared lively, approaching delighted.

Music was a language of its own, and soon it would become his third language, a half-diminished seventh to a major seventh to a minor seventh as pinchy-sweet as flipping between Chinese tones. American English was loose major fifths; Fuzhounese angled sevenths and ninths.

Four shots and Leon was reshaped into the man he had been when I first met him, a prize I had wanted to win, whose attention was sudden, precarious, instead of this man whose aging sometimes took me by surprise, like when he was putting money on his card at the subway station and I noticed how his body was stiffer, his neck thinner, the skin around his throat loosening. ( )
  novelcommentary | Sep 9, 2021 |
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  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 🔥 ( )
2 vote Booklover217 | May 21, 2021 |
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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 |
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