From the author of the New York Times best seller The Piano Teacher, a beautiful, transporting novel about motherhood, marriage, and friendship.
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.
"Devastating and heartwarming, and exquisite in every way, this is a book you'll fall deeply in love with and never want to put down." (Kevin Kwan)
"We found ourselves racing through this exotic, sexy, heartbreaking book.... We couldn't wait to find out what happens to each of the women." (Glamour )
"Ann Marie Lee's singsong intonation expresses the feminine spirit at the heart of Janice Y.K. Lee's long awaited new novel.... Author and narrator blend perfectly to convey a powerful journey of love, loss, and growth." (AudioFile)
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