Searching for Sylvie Lee

A Novel
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Author(s): Jean Kwok
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Jun 04, 2019
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Product Number: Z100144505
Released: Jun 04, 2019
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ISBN: #9780062933317
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A READ WITH JENNA A?¢ TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY New York Times A?¢ Time A?¢ Marie Claire A?¢ Elle A?¢ Buzzfeed A?¢ Huffington Post A?¢ Good Housekeeping A?¢ The Week A?¢ Goodreads A?¢ New York Post A?¢ Publishers Weekly and many more A??Powerful . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets.A? A?? Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three womenA??two sisters and their motherA??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 TranslationIt 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 grandmotherA??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 didnA??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, itA??s AmyA??s turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sisterA??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 AmyA??s complicated familyA??and herselfA??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 someoneA??especially those we love.

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Author(s): Jean Kwok
Product Number DD44316
Released: Jun 04, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982661045
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Author(s): Jean Kwok
Product Number EB00735948
Released: Jun 04, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: #9780062834331

Professional reviews

"Three talented narrators portray three women whose stories draw the listener into this mystery. Sylvie Lee disappears while she is visiting Holland to be with her dying grandmother. Narrator Angela Lin portrays Sylvie, and Samantha Quan her younger sister, Amy; both capture the characters' individual personalities as presented by Kwok. However, Caroline McLaughlin's performance as their mother has no accent--even though the daughters refer more than once to her challenges with English, an inconsistency that is jarring to the listener. Kwok takes on many serious issues including the immigrant experience, sexism, and dysfunctional family relationships. She provides texture to her story with aphorisms, rich descriptions, and slowly unwinding reveals. Listeners will appreciate the insights but may find the ending a bit far-fetched. E.Q. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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