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The Piano Teacher By Janice Y K Lee

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In the sweeping tradition of "The English Patient" comes this gripping tale set in war-torn Hong Kong. Rich with intrigue, romance, and betrayal, this wonderfully written, utterly captivating novel dazzles . . .--Chang-rae Lee.

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The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee

In the sweeping tradition of "The English Patient," a gripping tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Will is sent to an internment camp, where he and other foreigners struggle daily for survival. Meanwhile, Trudy remains outside, forced to form dangerous alliances with the Japanese-in particular, the malevolent head of the gendarmerie, whose desperate attempts to locate a priceless collection of Chinese art lead to a chain of terrible betrayals. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and is hired by the wealthy Chen family as their daughter's piano teacher. A provincial English newlywed, Claire is seduced by the heady social life of the expatriate community. At one of its elegant cocktail parties, she meets Will, to whom she is instantly attracted-but as their affair intensifies, Claire discovers that Will's enigmatic persona hides a devastating past. As she begins to understand the true nature of the world she has entered, and long-buried secrets start to emerge, Claire learns that sometimes the price of survival is love.

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""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." -"Chicago Tribune" "Lee delivers a standout debut....Th

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The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee
Janice Y K Lee
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.