Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee
A story of an English wife and a culture that gives her options.
Claire comes to Hong Kong as a lily white, sheltered, rich little girl. She falls into a job as a piano teacher for an equally spoiled little girl in a very wealthy Hong Kong family - a family with a checkered war past. Out of boredom she begins pocketing trinkets from the family - including a bottle of perfume.
It is that scent that eventually connects her to Will Truesdale - a man of an unknown past but who holds the story of life during the war and a connection to famed Trudy - the woman who first used the perfume Claire found.
This story tells the horrible truth of living in a war torn country and trying to continue with life. People stoop to unexpected lows and climb to incredible heights to continue.