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THE EXPATRIATES

Janice J. K. Lee

  • Original Title: THE EXPATRIATES
  • Publication date: January 2016
  • Publisher: VIKING
  • Country: US
  • 336 print pages
  • Dramedy

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Hong Kong SAR China
  • Themes: FAMILY, Family secrets, PEOPLE facing life, Facing failure, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Friendship, Accepting differences

Pitch

The saga of three women living in Hong Kong who are connected by a tragedy. A story that evokes the post colonial atmosphere of money and luxury in Hong Kong.

Comments

Film rights optioned to Nicole Kidman at Blossom Films, with Alice Bell (Suburban Mayhem) adapting, and Lee's agent Theresa Park at POW! Productions as executive producer.

“A female, funny Henry James in Asia, Janice Y. K. Lee is vividly good on the subject of Americans abroad.” —The New York Times Book Review
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/books/review/the-expatriates-by-janice-y-k-lee.html

“Sex and the City meets Lost in Translation.” —The Skimm

Janice Lee was born in Hong Kong to Korean parents. She spent four years at Harvard. At an artists’ colony, Yaddo, she started to organize her thoughts into what would become THE PIANO TEACHER, her first - New Yortk Time bestseller - novel.

Summary

This is the saga of three women living in Hong Kong who are connected by a tragedy. Each woman has been thrown into a world of the super rich Hong Kong elite, a colonial world in which everyone in their circle has many servants, helpers to the extent that there is little for the women to do.

Essentially it's the story of three well heeled, well to do women who struggle in various ways, some seriously and others perhaps more superficially. All three women are discontented with their lives, for different reasons, even before their fates befall them when a child goes missing.

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.

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  • Author’s biography

    Janice Lee was born in Hong Kong to Korean parents. She spent four years at Harvard. After graduating with a degree in English and American Literature and Language, she relocated down to New York where she got her first post-college job at Elle magazine. She spent most of her time in grad school writing short stories, some of which got published. At an artists’ colony, Yaddo, she started to organize her thoughts into what would become THE PIANO TEACHER, her first - New Yortk Time bestseller - novel.