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The Expatriates by Janice Y K Lee

The Expatriates by Janice Y K Lee

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    Sep 16, 2016   Author : admin

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The Expatriates is the second book from Janice Y K Lee. Since her first novel was the wonderful New York Times best-seller The Piano Teacher it is no wonder that her follow-up has been eagerly awaited.

Her new book follows the complicated lives of three American expats who are now living in Hong Kong. This is where Lee herself was born, although she now lives in the US.

The main expats featured in the novel all have different reasons for being abroad and different personal problems to try and overcome. For example, Mercy is young and has recently graduated from college but appears to be struggling to come to terms with something from her past. Margaret is a mother of three who has suffered the terrible loss of one of her children, while the wealthy Hilary is trying desperately to have her first child.

Relationships and Emotions

The book explores their relationships and their emotions in the dense and atmospheric setting of a small expat community. Lee proves again to be an excellent observer of character traits and emotions, with each of the leading ladies well defined in the narrative. 

Each of the three main expats in The Expatriates has their own story to tell and their own grief and sorrow to recover from.  However, the author has also managed to lighten the tone throughout the book with a good deal of humour and satire based on the superficial social lives lived by the expats in Hong Kong.

As a portrait of the problems faced by American women living abroad this is a nice mixture of drama, tension and light-hearted fun. It may also give you a completely different outlook on the lives of those people who have decided to move abroad to start a new life or to try and leave problems behind them.   

Images: Amazon, NYTimes | MYC Writer: Robert Bell

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