Lisa Ko’s engrossing first novel, THE LEAVERS, is about that phenomenon—and also about trust and betrayal, fear and longing, adoption, illegal immigration, mother-son relationships, feeling lost and uncertain, trying to find your place in the world, and trying to figure out what to do with your life. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Plenty to work with, and Ms. Ko does a great job of interweaving the lead points of view to capture at least two sides of a difficult situation: a Chinese mother who disappears on her American-born son, versus the son (who misses her) who ends up getting adopted by two professors—a married couple—who earnestly want to help him.
This is a book you won’t soon forget.
(Many thanks to Judy Wilson for the recommendation!)