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.
"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.""
"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."
"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."
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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
Compelling . . . A persuasive re-creation of a time and place.