Searching for Sylvie Lee (41 page)

BOOK: Searching for Sylvie Lee

All of my love to the Kwok and Kluwer families, especially Betty and Gerard, and to my brothers Joe (Chow), York, and Choi. And finally, my deepest love and gratitude to Erwin, Stefan, and Milan, who put up with not only my months of traveling, but also the months when I’m at home writing and therefore burning all of our food.

P.S. Kisses to the cats for being furry and orange: Anibaba, Timoto, Sushi, and Couscous.

About the Author

is the
New York Times
and international bestselling author of
Girl in Translation
Mambo in Chinatown
. Her work has been published in eighteen countries and taught in universities, colleges, and high 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 EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She is trilingual, fluent in Dutch, Chinese, and English, and studied Latin for seven years. Jean 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 and completed an MFA in fiction at Columbia University. She currently lives in the Netherlands.

Also by Jean Kwok

  • Girl in Translation
  • Mambo in Chinatown


his is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

. Copyright © 2019 by Jean Kwok. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the nonexclusive, nontransferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, downloaded, decompiled, reverse-engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins e-books.

Cover design by Ploy Siripant

Hand-lettering by Joel Holland

Cover photograph © Benjamin Van Der Spek / EyeEm / Getty Images


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data has been applied for.

Digital Edition JUNE 2019 ISBN 978-0-06-283433-1

Print ISBN 978-0-06-283430-0

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Table of Contents


Title Page



Part 1

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

Part 2

Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11

Part 3

Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16

Part 4

Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22

Part 5

Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32



About the Author

Also by Jean Kwok


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