Author: Janice Y. K. Lee
Translator: An-na Kim
480 pages | 210*141mm
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About This Book
"A rare and exquisite story...Transports you out of time, out of place, into a world you can feel on your very skin." -Elizabeth Gilbert
In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, Janice Y.K. Lee's debut novel is a tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong. In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher and also begins a fateful affair. As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, impossible choices emerge-between love and safety, courage and survival, the present, and above all, the past.
Janice Y.K. Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong and graduated from Harvard University. A former editor at Elle magazine, she currently lives in Hong Kong with her husband and children.
"THE PIANO TEACHER is laced with intrigue…Readers will be enthralled by Lee's depiction of Will's relationships with his two lovers ? 'Claire, with her blond and familiar femininity, English rose to Trudy's exotic scorpion' ? and the unsparing way Lee unravels them."
--New York Times Book Review
"Evocative, poignant and skillfully crafted, THE PIANO TEACHER is more than an epic tale of war and a tangled, tortured love story. It is the kind of novel one consumes in great, greedy gulps, pausing (grudgingly) only when absolutely necessary …If we measure the skill of a fiction writer by her ability to create characters and atmosphere so effortlessly real, so alive on the page, that the reader feels a sense of participatory anxiety ?as if the act of reading gives one the power to somehow influence the outcome of purely imaginary events ? then Lee should be counted among the very best in recent memory."
"Lee delivers a standout debut….The rippling of past actions through to the present lends the narrative layers of intrigue and more than a few unexpected twists. Lee covers a little- known time in Chinese history without melodrama, and deconstructs without judgment the choices people make in order to live one more day under torturous circumstances.”
--Publishers Weekly (Starred)
"War, love, betrayal ? an exquisite fugue of a first novel…Intensely readable…”
--O, The Oprah Magazine
"…the novel is sustained by elegant prose and a terrific sense of place. As Graham Greene evoked Vietnam in The Quiet American, Lee, born and raised in Hong Kong long after the war, captures the city as it was during World War II, its glittering veneer barely masking the panic and corruption beneath."
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