The Piano Teacher

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HarperPress, 2009 - English - 334 pages
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Ambitious, exotic, and a classic book club read, 'The Piano Teacher' is a combination of 'Tenko' meets 'The Remains of the Day'. Sometimes the end of a love affair is only the beginning...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, with terrible consequences for both of them, and for members of their fragile community who will betray each other in the darkest days of the war. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton lands in 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 colony's heady social life. She soon begins an affair - only to discover that her lover's enigmatic demeanour hides a devastating past. As the threads of this compelling and engrossing novel intertwine and converge, a landscape of impossible choices emerges, between love and safety, courage and survival, the present and above all, the past.

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User Review  - christinejoseph - LibraryThing

Hong Kong — Englis, Jap, Chinese, Eurasian — devastating results good — sense of this time WWII — Pearl Harbor — control Exotic Hong Kong takes center stage in this sumptuous novel, set in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - mcgeerhonda - LibraryThing

I didn't enjoy this novel as I thought I would. The story line continually went from present day to the past, and from character to character, making it difficult to follow. The characters' personalities didn't appeal to me so they didn't draw me into the storyline. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Janice Y. K. was an editor at Elle before becoming an author. Her books include The Piano Teacher and The Expatriates.

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