Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Freebie: The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee

Congratulations to Benjamin Clark and Bart Zimmer, winners of last week’s Friday Freebie contest: Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd.

This week’s book giveaway is a galley copy of the new novel by Janice Y. K. Lee, The Expatriates. I don’t normally include galleys or advance reading copies (ARCs) in the Friday Freebie contests, but since the publisher is packaging The Expatriates in a fancy box (see below), I couldn’t resist. Read on for more information about the novel...

Janice Y. K. Lee’s blockbuster hit 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. Marie Claire calls it “The first must-read of 2016” and Vanity Fair writes: "We imagine we know these [expatriate] women, who are distanced from their work, friends, and family, but we don’t. Janice Y. K. Lee does. Set in Hong Kong, The Expatriates looks inside the lives of three women...all in crisis, all needing one another in ways they, and we, can’t imagine.”

If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of The Expatriates, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on Jan. 14, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on Jan. 15. If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

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