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Janice Y. K. Lee's blockbuster hit 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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By jennifer on 02-27-16
An engrossing portrait of women living abroad, without being a novel about living abroad-- the story could take place anywhere in the Western world.
It's about: Three women and how their lives intersect, and secrets, and all that stuff. Well done.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By TD on 01-30-16
modern story of women
The book was interesting. It made the world seem a smaller place. It was also refreshing to show the power of forgiveness and also that all woman are not spiteful. I really enjoyed the end.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful