22 January, 2017

The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee

Having recently labored through two introverted novels which felt mumbled and had slow pace plots, reading Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel was a relief. 

Lee’s eloquent description of living abroad, along with intricate characters and drama plots had me looking forward to my evening read – to escape my own introverted mumbling and slow paced life.

The novel follows three expatriate women from the US who have all moved to Hong Kong. 

Margaret the perfect wife and mother of three, Mercy the Korean American Columbia graduate recently cast adrift into adulthood and Hilary the lonely wealthy housewife desperate to fill a void in her life. 

Their stories crunch into one another, resulting in life changing circumstances as they navigate some of the tougher  situations motherhood can present. From kidnappings, adoption and adultery this is a drama that is hard to put down.

Author: Janice Y. K. Lee 

Reviewed by Suzy D, Mt Albert Library

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