Searching for Sylvie Lee (Paperback)
  • Searching for Sylvie Lee (Paperback)

Searching for Sylvie Lee (Paperback)

Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 18/03/2021
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'Powerful . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets' Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

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.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529398281
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm

Powerful . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets * Paula Hawkins *
Gripping and emotionally resonant on every page - a remarkable achievement * Scott Turow *
A wonderful portrait of an immigrant family and one of the best "unputdownable" suspense novels I've read in a long time * Herman Koch *
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 * Julie Otsuka *
Kwok's story spans generations, continents and language barriers, combining old-fashioned Nancy Drew sleuthing with the warmth and heart we've come to expect from this gifted writer * New York Times Book Review *
A moving tale that, while billed as a mystery, transcends the genre . . . This is a beautifully written story in which the author evokes the hard reality of being an immigrant and a woman in today's world * Washington Post *
Such a brilliant smart mystery. The twists, the cultural implications and the family secrets all play out slowly with tantalising risk * iNews *
Kwok vividly brings out how multiple and sometimes conflicting cultural, familial and linguistic affiliations make us who we are * i *
Kwok's exploration of the lies we tell by putting on a mask for the world, or simply avoiding speaking the truth, is often elegantly unrolled * Observer *

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“A masterpiece of character writing”

A beautifully written piece of prose and intriguing storyline which I will not divulge as it caught me by surprise. What did surprise me was that I only realised just how well written this is when reviewing the novel... More

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I enjoyed reading this. I liked the clash of cultures and points of view - Chinese, Dutch and American, and the interesting vocabulary that was inserted here and there eg. the beautiful country, long instead of tall,... More

Hardback edition
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“Intriguing story of family secrets”

This is the story of two sister, Sylvie Lee and her younger sister Amy. Sylvie was brought up until the age of 9 by her grandmother and aunt and uncle in the Netherlands. When she learns that her grandmother is dying,... More

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