Hong Kong with The Expatriates

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“You think only one specific event, one miracle, will make things better, but actually, life will get better if you only let it. You have to let life get better.”–Janice YK Lee, The Expatriates

  • Here’s what happens:
    • This book follows the lives of three women, who have relocated to Hong Kong for various reasons and find themselves perplexed, frustrated, and amazed by the dynamics in their lives there. They run in circles of foreign elite as they attempt to build and maintain relationships, make sense of the cultural contradictions, and ultimately understand their roles in this affluent and often antiquated community.
  • It’s good because:
    • It explores the aggravations and anomalies of the modern housewife without coming across as the self-pitying and bemoaning of the wealthy white woman living abroad. I think this is what Hausfrau had attempted to do, but in my opinion, The Expatriates does it in a more empowering and dynamic way.
  • Read if:
    • You like a good literary novel set against a unique backdrop. (I’ve mentioned this before, I know, and I’m beginning to think this may be becoming one of my favorite aspects of a good book). Lee explores the mutable role of a woman when faced with the challenges of motherhood–all amid the exotic life of foreigners living in ritzy in Hong Kong.

Up next: Germany with Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken!

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