In the stunning follow-up to her acclaimed first novel, Janice Lee delves into the lives of three very different women living in the intimate expatriate community of Hong Kong in this transporting novel about motherhood, marriage, and the elusive nature of happiness. Mercy, a young Korean-American and recent Columbia University graduate, is adrift, undone after a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a lonely, 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, takes every opportunity to escape from her life 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.
Praise for THE EXPATRIATES:
“Lee’s eye for the nuance and clash of culture, class, race and sex is subtle and shrewd... A female, funny Henry James in Asia.” –New York Times
“We found ourselves racing through this exotic, sexy, heartbreaking book simply because we couldn’t wait to find out what happens to each of the women.”
“Brilliantly plotted and written, utterly absorbing, often heartbreaking, THE EXPATRATES look set to be one of the books of the year.” –The Daily Mail
“Gorgeously wrought.. The first must-read of 2016.” –Marie Claire
“An emotionally gripping page-turner.” –Elle
“We imagine we know these [expatriate] women, who are distanced from their work, friends, and family, but we don’t. Janice Y.K. Lee does. Set in Hong Kong, THE EXPATRIATES looks inside the lives of three women…all in crisis, all needing one another in ways they, and we, can’t imagine.” –Vanity Fair
“A novel about displacement and belonging...A thoughtful portrait of motherhood trade-offs, the book also offers sharp insights into the tensions between moneyed expats and the impoverished locals who serve them.”
–People, “The Best New Books”
Braced with authentic, sensual detail and keen observations about a forgotten social order, this assured novel evokes the romantic sweep of THE ENGLISH PATIENT and the colonial drama of E.M. Forster.