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The Leftover Woman

"This emotional thriller ripples with motherhood bonds, the plight of female immigrants, and an irrevocable connection between two women from very different classes and cultures."

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Suspenseful and heart-wrenching as it tells the stories of two women connected by the same child, Jean Kwok’s The Leftover Woman explores motherhood, transracial adoption, immigration, class divides and cultural difference in page-turning style. From rural China to New York City, a breadth of experience is explored through compellingly-crafted characters and a slick, twisting plot.

Five years have passed since Jasmine’s controlling husband told her their child had died. In the present, having discovered he’d actually sent their daughter to America as a result of China's one-child policy, Jasmine has fled her rural Chinese village to try to find her daughter in NYC. Undocumented, and in big debt to the “snakeheads” who arranged her passage, she’s forced to work in a grim underground strip club.

Then there’s Rebecca, an esteemed New York book editor who seems to have it all — money, a smart, handsome husband, and a loveable, loving adopted daughter. Having weathered a recent career storm, a deal-of-a-lifetime is on her horizon.

As connections between the women are skilfully revealed, with both forced to face unexpected personal and professional crises, the story reaches a pulse-quickening climax that’ll leave fans of emotional, retributive thrillers thoroughly sated.

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