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The Expatriates interweaves the lives of three very different women who come to Hong Kong for various reasons but who are all bound together by each other’s choices. Mercy, a young woman struggling to find her place, makes a mistake that she discovers will define her. Margaret has trouble coping with a family tragedy. Hilary, a lonely housewife, cannot navigate the cultural differences. But together these women find strength, hope, and ultimately home, in this beautifully written novel.
January 2016 Indie Next List
“The Expatriates focuses on three very different American women whose lives in wealthy and privileged modern-day Hong Kong merge in an astounding way. Margaret, Hilary, and Mercy come from different backgrounds, and as their inner struggles first collide in this glamorous new world and then with each others', tough decisions are made that have a rippling effect. An unthinkable tragedy occurs that makes two women wish they could turn back the clock. Lee writes beautifully, with each woman's story unfolding in sequenced chapters. A fantastic read!”
— Joanne Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
"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.