Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok


Jasmine Yang arrives in New York City from her rural Chinese village without money or family support, fleeing a controlling husband, on a desperate search for the daughter who was taken from her at birth—another female casualty of China’s controversial One Child Policy. But with her husband on her trail, the clock is ticking, and she’s forced to make increasingly risky decisions if she ever hopes to be reunited with her daughter.

Meanwhile, publishing executive Rebecca Whitney seems to have it all: a prestigious family name and the wealth that comes with it, a high-powered career, a beautiful home, a handsome husband, and an adopted Chinese daughter she adores. She’s even hired a nanny to help her balance the demands of being a working wife and mother. But when an industry scandal threatens to jeopardize not only Rebecca’s job but her marriage, this perfect world begins to crumble and her role in her own family is called into question.

The Leftover Woman finds these two unforgettable women on a shocking collision course. Twisting and suspenseful and surprisingly poignant, it's a profound exploration of identity and belonging, motherhood and family. It is a story of two women in a divided city—separated by severe economic and cultural differences yet bound by a deep emotional connection to a child.



About The Author

Jean Kwok is the international bestselling author of Girl in Translation, Mambo in Chinatown, and Searching for Sylvie Lee, which was a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick and an instant New York Times bestseller. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in 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 Short Story Award international shortlist. She immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She currently lives in the Netherlands.

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My Review

A story that pulls you in a grabs your heart!
Told from the POV of the mothers, yes, mothers, one gave birth and the other adopted the little girl. A birth mother Jasmine/Lucy, discovers the truth about her baby lost at birth, and now owes a great deal of money to the people that brought her from China.
The mother whom adopted little Fiona, a woman who desperately wanted a child, but she does still have a career, and thus the door opened for Lucy to come into her home.
This story has many twists and turns, along with danger lurking around the corner. There are also love stories, and there again will they be able to succeed with all the obstacles thrown into place.
Yes, this read is a page turner, and you have to read right to the epilogue for all the answers!
I'll be look for more reads by Jean Kwok!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher William Morrow, and was not required to give a positive review. 


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