According to the Wall Street Journal, winter is a relatively quiet season for book publishers, a time when they can introduce gems that might otherwise be lost in fall’s crush of literary heavyweights. The buzziest titles this season range from family dramas to ghost stories and most are included on this blog.
Among the most notable are the latest novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout reviewed in an earlier post and The Expatriates by Janice Y.K.Lee, described below.

‘The Expatriates’ by Janice Y.K..Lee, Jan. 12

Janice Y.K.Lee's debut novel in 2009, “The Piano Teacher,” a tale of two love affairs in midcentury Hong Kong, was a runaway hit, selling more than 400,000 copies in the U.S., according to her publisher. Viking is hoping for a repeat performance with “The Expatriates.” The new work, set in present day Hong Kong, looks at three women whose lives cross paths in the city’s insular expat community.

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