Poets & Writers

Lisa Ko

INTRODUCED BY

Emily Raboteau author of two books, including Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 2013.

I HAD the pleasure of watching the seed planted for Lisa Ko’s powerful novel, , in the form of a short story she wrote for a creative writing workshop I taught many years ago at the City College of New York. Last year the book won the PEN/ Bellwether Prize, awarded by follows a lost young man in his search to find his mom, an undocumented Chinese immigrant who disappeared when he was eleven years old, after which he was adopted by a white family.

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