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The expatriates : a novel
2016
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"Raise a glass: The first great book-club novel of 2016 has arrived."  --USA Today,  4/4 stars

"A female, funny Henry James in Asia, Janice Y. K. Lee is vividly good on the subject of Americans abroad."  --The New York Times Book Review

" Sex and the City meets Lost in Translation ." --The Skimm

Janice Y. K. Lee's New York Times bestselling debut,  The Piano Teacher , was called "immensely satisfying" by People, "intensely readable" by O, The Oprah Magazine, and "a rare and exquisite story" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Now, in her long-awaited new novel, Lee explores with devastating poignancy the emotions, identities, and relationships of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong.

Mercy, a young Korean American and recent Columbia graduate, is adrift, undone by a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her struggle to have a child, something she believes could save her foundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, once a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. As each woman struggles with her own demons, their lives collide in ways that have irreversible consequences for them all. Atmospheric, moving, and utterly compelling, The Expatriates confirms Lee as an exceptional talent and one of our keenest observers of women's inner lives.
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Lee (The Piano Teacher, 2009) has a special knack for getting into the minds of disparate individuals, bringing those people together in unique circumstances and then allowing us to watch them work their way through some pretty harrowing situations. In the expatriates' sector of Hong Kong, the lives of three women converge. Margaret Reade and Hillary Starr are Americans married to high-powered, high-income husbands who spend more time away from their wives than with them. Margaret has three children. Hillary has none, but not for lack of trying. Mercy is a young, single, childless Columbia graduate who has come to Hong Kong from New York City more or less to find herself. The theme of Americans being expatriated to foreign countries by corporations is reminiscent of stories about early to mid-twentieth-century oil-company employees, making this feel dated. But the alternating voices of the women, connected by motherhood, make the stories worthwhile and personal.--Chavez, Donna Copyright 2015 Booklist
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