"A rare and exquisite story . . . Transports you out of time, out of place, into a world you can feel on your very skin." —Elizabeth Gilbert
Janice Y.K. Lee's latest novel, The Expatriates, is now available from Penguin
The New York Times bestseller
In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, Janice Y.K. Lee's debut novel is a tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong. In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher and also begins a fateful affair. As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, impossible choices emerge-between love and safety, courage and survival, the present, and above all, the past.
Im rounding up, since I cannot give halfstars.The historical context of this book intrigued me, and I found the authors ability to create an immersive setting very strong. However, I felt more immersed in the world of this book than I did in the story being told. The plot never consistently gripped me the way the setting did.I enjoyed, but didnt love, the book. It read like a first draft on the verge of unrealized potential for something more than a diversion.