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Searching for Sylvie Lee

Searching for Sylvie Lee
 

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women--two sisters and their mother--in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times be... read full description below.

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Published 4 June 2019 by William Morrow & Company
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Kwok, Jean
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ISBN-13 9780062834300
ISBN-10 0062834304
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher William Morrow & Company
Imprint William Morrow & Company
Publication Date 4 June 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kwok, Jean
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 970981

Description of this Book

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women--two sisters and their mother--in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation. It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother--and then vanishes. Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn't rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love. But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it's Amy's turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister's movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amy's complicated family--and herself--than she ever could have imagined. A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone--especially those we love.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Masterfully written, this suspenseful story of two sisters, and the power of long-buried secrets, is also a profound exploration of one immigrant family's search for identity and belonging in an increasingly global world. Searching for Sylvie Lee will haunt me for a long time. --Sari Wilson, acclaimed author of Girl Through Glass With prose as mesmerizing and full of depth as a perfect pearl, Kwok's new literary masterwork explores the Chinese immigrant experience both in New York and in Holland, but what it's really getting at is what it means for anyone to belong--to both your community, your family, and to yourself. --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World Crossing continents and generations, this magnificent and enthralling story unfolds with the intricate suspense of a classic mystery novel and blooms into a radiant tale of inter-generational family love. --Lan Samantha Chang, award-winning author of Inheritance A wonderful portrait of an immigrant family and one of the best 'unputdownable' suspense novels I've read in a long time. --Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner This isn't a novel--it's a puzzle box of familial secrets, some dark, others luminous, all of it haunting, mysterious, and completely satisfying. I was utterly spellbound. --Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Dazzling. A heartbreaking, tumultuous ride of a novel that upends our expectations--about family loyalty, cultural identity and the very nature of love itself--at every twist and turn. Kwok is a wise and knowing story-teller who keeps us under her spell until the very last page. --Julie Otsuka, New York Times bestselling author of The Buddha in the Attic Searching for Sylvie Lee is riveting. A dazzling, talented woman disappears, leading her younger sister to search the Netherlands--and the past--for the truth. This novel is part mystery, part saga of an immigrant family. It is both gripping and emotionally resonant on every page--a remarkable achievement. --Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author of Testimony

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Author's Bio

Jean Kwok is the New York Times and international bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in eighteen countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She is fluent in Chinese, Dutch, and English, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

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