The Expatriates: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Janice Y. K. Lee

Narrated By: Ann Marie Lee

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2016

Duration: 13 hours 18 minutes


'Raise a glass: The first great book-club novel of 2016 has arrived.” —USA Today, 4/4 stars

“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

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

Janice Y. K. Lee’s New York Times bestselling debut, The Piano Teacher, was called “immensely satisfying” by People, “intensely readable” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “a rare and exquisite story” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Now, in her long-awaited new novel, Lee explores with devastating poignancy 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.


  • Shannon Elder

    This book was definitely one of the most entertaining I've read lately! I found it difficult to pull myself away from it and was dying to know what was going to happen next. That being said-if you are a mother (as I am) this is a tough story. I highly recommend it but my next book will have to be a little lighter while I have a chance to recover emotionally!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Yvonne Milanovic

    The overall story was good. It moved a little too slowly for me.

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