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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janice Y. K. Lee Narrator: Orlagh Cassid Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, a gripping tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong

In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Will is sent to an internment camp, where he and other foreigners struggle daily for survival. Meanwhile, Trudy remains outside, forced to form dangerous alliances with the Japanese—in particular, the malevolent head of the gendarmerie, whose desperate attempts to locate a priceless collection of Chinese art lead to a chain of terrible betrayals.

Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and is hired by the wealthy Chen family as their daughter’s piano teacher. A provincial English newlywed, Claire is seduced by the heady social life of the expatriate community. At one of its elegant cocktail parties, she meets Will, to whom she is instantly attracted—but as their affair intensifies, Claire discovers that Will’s enigmatic persona hides a devastating past. As she begins to understand the true nature of the world she has entered, and long-buried secrets start to emerge, Claire learns that sometimes the price of survival is love.

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  • “There is something altogether haunting here. Perhaps it’s the way the story advances, peeling its way from layer to layer until the truth of each character lies bare. Perhaps it’s the way Lee shows us that war can make monsters of us all. Most memorably, however, it’s her portrait of Hong Kong, which having witnessed so much cupidity, moves on with splendid indifference. Like a piano under different fingers. Or a siren with another song.”

    Washington Post

  • The Piano Teacher is laced with intrigue concerning a hoard of Chinese artifacts called the Crown Collection that went missing during the war (like the artworks owned by the real-life Hong Kong businessman Paul Chater). But while the inevitable ‘who did what and when and why’ that dominates the last third of the novel is satisfying because it answers all those questions, readers will be more enthralled by Lee’s depiction of Will’s relationships with his two lovers—‘Claire, with her blond and familiar femininity, English rose to Trudy’s exotic scorpion’—and the unsparing way Lee unravels them.”

    New York Times

  • Selected for the January 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Denver Post Bestseller
  • A Book Sense Pick

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kari Dahlquist | 2/10/2014

    " interesting time capsule of Hong Kong during and just after WWII. The ending goes for a big bang but is flat and unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Martee48 | 2/10/2014

    " Slow start, mostly character development, interesting ending, perhaps there this is setting the stage for another book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Parker | 2/7/2014

    " I liked it but it was a depressing book! I give it 4 1/2 stars. Well-written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dora | 2/6/2014

    " I didn't care about any of the characters. While it was interesting reading about the history behind the concentration camp, I just wanted to get it finished for my book club. "

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