Oct. 21 ~ Janice Y. K. Lee (The Expatriates) at Ocean One, Litchfield
Following her New York Times bestselling debut (The Piano Teacher) where she was described as a “female, funny Henry James in Asia,” Lee’s long-awaited new novel explores 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.