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I raced through this enthralling story' Liane Moriarty

'Brilliantly plotted and written, utterly absorbing' Daily Mail

'An emotionally gripping page-turner' Elle

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 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. The Expatriates is an atmospheric, moving, and utterly compelling story of motherhood and family set against the unforgettable backdrop of Hong Kong.

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Praise for "The Piano Teacher: "
"Immensely satisfying." --"People" (four stars)
"Intensely readable." --"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"Evocative, poignant, and skillfully crafted." --"Chicago Tribune"

Praise for "The Piano Teacher: "
Immensely satisfying. "People" (four stars)
Intensely readable. "O, The Oprah Magazine"
Evocative, poignant, and skillfully crafted. "Chicago Tribune""

Praise for "The Piano Teacher"
"Riveting . . . This season's "Atonement.""
"Elle"
"Laced with intrigue."
"The New York Times Book Review," Editor s Choice
"Evocative, poignant, and skillfully crafted, "The Piano Teacher" is more than an epic tale of war and a tangled, tortured love story. It is the kind of novel one consumes in great, greedy gulps, pausing (grudgingly) only when absolutely necessary. . . . If we measure the skill of a fiction writer by her ability to create characters and atmosphere so effortlessly real, so alive on the page, that the reader feels a sense of participatory anxiety as if the act of reading gives one the power to somehow influence the outcome of purely imaginary events then Lee should be counted among the very best in recent memory."
"Chicago Tribune"
"A shattering, immensely satisfying debut."
"People "(4 stars)
"War, love, betrayal an exquisite fugue of a first novel . . . intensely readable."
"O," The Oprah Magazine
"Lee unfolds the story with the brisk grace and discretion of the society she describes."
"The New Yorker"
"Sensual and gripping."
"Good Housekeeping"
Janice Lee delivers a standout debut.
"The Boston Globe"
"The novel is sustained by elegant prose and a terrific sense of place. As Graham Greene evoked Vietnam in "The Quiet American," Lee, born and raised in Hong Kong long after the war, captures the city as it was during World War II, its glittering veneer barely masking the panic and corruption beneath."
"The Miami Herald"
A compelling portrait of the devastating choices people make in order to survive.
"TimeOut New York"
"Lee tells two engrossing love stories. . . . Just hide your phone before cracking this one open or risk calling your ex."
"Marie Claire"
""
"Lee delivers a standout debut [with] layers of intrigue and more than a few unexpected twists."
"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A lush examination of East-West relations."
"Kirkus Reviews"
""
Lee has created the sort of interesting, complex characters, especially in Trudy, that drive a rich and intimate look at what happens to people under extraordinary circumstances.
"Booklist"
"A rare and exquisite story. It does exactly what a great novel should do transports you out of time, out of place, into a world you can feel in your very own skin."
Elizabeth Gilbert
"One of the most insightful, elegant, and atmospheric novels I ve read in a long time. Janice Lee is nothing short of brilliant and her novel is impossible to put down."
Gary Shteyngart
"Rarely does one encounter a debut work as beguiling and assured as Janice Lee s "The Piano Teacher." Rich with intrigue, romance, and betrayal, this wonderfully written, utterly captivating novel dazzles with its sharp-eyed renderings of beau monde Hong Kong as it is plunged into the crucible of war. With its fascinating interplay of East and West and wide cast of effervescent characters . . . this is a truly transporting and indeed irresistible work of fiction."
Chang-Rae Lee
Compelling . . . A persuasive re-creation of a time and place.
Penelope Lively"

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  • フォーマット: Kindle版
  • ファイルサイズ: 1449 KB
  • 紙の本の長さ: 338 ページ
  • ページ番号ソース ISBN: 0525429476
  • 出版社: Little, Brown Book Group (2016/1/12)
  • 販売: Amazon Services International, Inc.
  • 言語: 英語
  • ASIN: B010RGSE5O
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Life in Limbo 2016/1/21
投稿者 KasaC - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
Janice Y. K. Lee is a wonderful storyteller. She gets into the heads of her protagonists, three very different women who have found themselves living in Hong Kong and find their lives entwined. Mercy, a young Korean American Columbia graduate, who never feels as if she quite fits in and that she is a harbinger of bad luck, came hoping such a radical change would improve her life. Hilary and Margaret are what is known as "trailing spouses," wives of men whose careers have relocated them to Hong Kong usually for three-year tours. There is an excitement to their lives, but it seems as if they are in a holding pattern, waiting until they return to "real life" back in, say, Ohio. Ms. Lee knows of what she speaks -- she was a trailing spouse, with 2 children when she and her husband were there, giving birth to twins in Hong Kong. But even with the demands of family and social obligations, she says she has more time on hands since it is more common to have household help than in the States. It was during her time there that she was inspired to write this book, which has been compared to the work of Henry James. It was a fast read, quite a page turner in places, and thoroughly enjoyable.
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Lovely writing, but unsatisfying 2017/1/2
投稿者 Weaslgrl - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
The writing kept me engaged, but the stories of the 3 women are ultimately not very compelling. Their expatriate status is not really central to the story; the plot points could have happened to them anywhere. One is truly the victim of a horrible tragedy, and the descriptions of her grief are very well done. The other two see themselves as victims because they choose to be "floaters" -- they exercise no personal agency, take no responsibility for their bad choices or complacency or indecisiveness, and just allow life to happen to them. The ending is sudden, sentimental and pat, with an idealized view of motherhood as the ultimate calling and solution to all life's problems. I feel sorry for the kids.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Surprisingly Dark, Excellent Social Commentary on Expat Life & Hong Kong 2016/5/8
投稿者 Sarah's Book Shelves - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
[4.5 stars]

Headline:
The Expatriates hit a couple of my “what makes a book work for me” buttons: a good balance between plot and style, dark undertones, and social commentary.

Major Themes:
Maintaining your identity through motherhood, expat life, Hong Kong culture, appearance vs. reality, getting beneath the surface of people

What I Liked:
- When I picked up The Expatriates, I was expecting a light novel about wealthy, successful expats living it up in Hong Kong and I was delighted to find the story also had surprising depth. Yes, many of the characters’ lives sparkle on the surface, but darkness lurks just underneath as it becomes apparent that reality is quite different from appearances.
- While I can’t say if Lee’s social commentary on Hong Kong culture and expat life is spot-on (having never been to Hong Kong and never been an expat), it was one of my favorite parts of the novel and truly made the setting and context come alive.

"This is the Hong Kong curse that expat housewives talk about in hushed voices: the man who takes to Hong Kong the wrong way. He moves from egalitarian society, where he’s supposed to take out the trash every day and help with the dinner dishes, to a place where women cater to his every desire – a secretary who anticipates his needs before he does, a servant in the house who brings him his espresso just the way he likes it and irons his boxers and socks – and the local population is not as sassy with the comebacks as where he came from, so, of course, he then looks for that in every corner of his life."

- I love when a book contains a mystery or crime, but it’s more of a catalyst to explore relationships and emotions than the center of the story. And, that dynamic gave The Expatriates the kind of balance between style and plot that makes books work for me.
- The level of entitlement among the expat community and wealthy Hong Kong residents was disgusting at times (i.e. a maid holds up an ipad while a child plays on it in a restaurant). But, it was a train wreck I couldn’t stop reading about!
- I find that stories about rich people can either completely hit the mark or be incredibly boring…and a key to success is having an observant outsider (i.e. Nick Carraway) to marvel on the wealthy’s social quirks and deliver biting commentary. Mercy played this role in The Expatriates. Though she graduated from Columbia and moved in wealthy circles there, she had a less privileged childhood as a Korean immigrant in Queens. And, she was scrapping by to make ends meet in Hong Kong. She interacted with the wealthy expats, but was not one of them.

What I Didn’t Like:
- In addition to the Epilogue wrapping the story up a bit too neatly (a feeling I have about Epilogues in general), this one was unrealistic and overly sappy.

A Defining Quote:
"She looks around the table during a pause in the conversation with Mindy. Every woman there is well exercised, watches her diet, has two or three children, a husband. They all have shiny hair, and they are all wearing sheaths and daytime dresses perfect for the occasion. No one is breaking the rules of ladies’ luncheon. They radiate well-being and privilege, and yet she is among them, so who is to say what’s behind any woman’s smiling face."

Good for People Who Like:
Social commentary, marriage, dislikable characters, different cultures, motherhood, wealthy people behaving badly

Check out my blog, Sarah's Book Shelves, for more reviews.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 I was surprised t how good this book is 2017/3/23
投稿者 Peter O - HKG - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I was surprised t how good this book is. Don't ask why I was surprised. I'm not really sure but when I started it I had no clue as to how enjoyable to was going to be. Or how accurate the ex-pat communities settle in Hong Kong, not really letting go of their overseas roots and ives. How they introduce themselves to one another. How they cope with their new way of life, luxurious and up market yes, but full of new challenges and often a new kind of loneliness that can be tough to overcome.

I've lived the life of a Hong Kong Ex-pat for over 40 years now. I came from Britain with my wife and children not knowing in anyway what to expect. I watched my wife struggle with this new environment snd society. It was very hard for her but...... she sooner rather than later patiently adapted to her new life in much the same way as others had. Life became more materialistic, clubs were joined of the type that were never available to her before. Accommodation was luxurious compared to what we had in the UK. But.....somewhat like the 3 main characters in this book centres on, something, at times indefinable, seem to have been lost. A sense of reality perhaps. A sense of being "temporary". A sense that "this will end soon and that's fine by me. I can only take so much of this way of living". A loss of reality in our thinking. Changes in our priorities. An introduction to a shallower way of life where worth depends much more on how much your husband earns, who he works for, what clubs you belong to what are you live in.Watching my partner change in some many ways. Then perhaps watching him detach from the family due to his work, the drinking that comes with it, the customer entertaining and what also can come with all that".

I think Ms Lee got it about right. Very perceptive. Very true how we must come to terms with our lives and see beyond the silly ex-pat snobbery that can tend to overwhelm us. To not be fooled by a more wealthier but shallow life. To retain our humanity.
5つ星のうち 4.0 The Charms And Challenges of Life As An Expat 2016/3/29
投稿者 Iris Pereyra - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I love it when an author uses a geographical setting as the focal point of a story and in Janice Y.K. Lee's elegant second novel, Hong Kong certainly plays a central role.

For the expat American community featured in this novel, the former British colony has it all: a flourishing economy, a modern infrastructure, and a relative tolerant society, all set in a beautiful and exotic location.

This is a community full of overachievers, people that radiate success, affluence and wellness. Many of them have relocated to Hong Kong pursuing new career opportunities, at the same time most of them consider the place to serve only as a provisional home.

The Expatriates follows the lives of Mercy, Margaret and Hilary all of whom have relocated from America to Hong Kong at different times and under very different circumstances, but they also face similar struggles trying to fit it into a society that uses cultural norms that are unfamiliar and at times feel outright regressive.

"Hong Kong is so small" is an aphorism we hear from the expats again and again, which might strike you as odd considering they live in a place populated by 7+million people.

But whether is a conscious decision or not, inevitably these Americans find it easier to socialize with their own kind, this results in a "living in a fishbowl" lifestyle, a place where everyone knows everyone, privacy is a scarce commodity and secrets are hard to keep.

The lives of our three protagonists will overlap in unexpected ways and they'll find themselves entangled in a complicated web of lies and betrayal, but they'll also get a chance to forgive and start anew.

These women have lived for the most part in a bubble, they have enjoyed vacations to Bali, excursions by junk boats and relaxing parties at their country club, but The Expatriates underlines the fact that a life of privilege and adversity are not mutually exclusive and that ironically having such a sheltered existence if anything, might make it harder to recover from personal loss and hardship.

At the end, the stories of these women remind us how fragile life is and how our destinies can so radically changed in the blink of an eye.
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