"There’s a crop of writers with crackling novels coming out this season [including] Jean Kwok… a heartbreaking family story inspired by true events."
—The New York Times, A Book Lover’s Guide to Summer,
Novelists to Watch
"Excellent from every angle, this is a can't-miss novel for lovers of poignant and propulsive fiction."
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE examines the complexities of identity, culture and family as Amy struggles to understand what happened to her sister."
—Time, 32 Books You Need to Read This Summer
"I was only about two-thirds of the way through Jean Kwok's Searching For Sylvie Lee when I began telling everyone I know: 'I've found this book, you need to read it.' It's a thriller, and it's an immigrant story, and it's also a romance. I love a lot of books, but none quite like this one. This is a story like no other.”
—Marie Claire, The Best Women's Fiction of 2019
"A moving portrait of the unintended consequences that stem from an immigrant family’s efforts to adapt, survive, and provide their children with a better future.”
—Harper’s Bazaar, The 17 Best Summer Reads of 2019
“A haunting novel.”
—The New York Post, The 25 best beach reads of 2019
beautifully written story in which the author evokes the hard reality of being an immigrant and a woman in today’s world.
—The Washington Post,
A decade ago, her brother disappeared.
In a new novel, she turns her loss into art.
"Stunning. A profoundly moving portrayal of the complicated identities that exist even within a single family... and a graceful portrait of the sacrifices we make for love.”
“You can't put it down!”
—Jenna Bush Hager, TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK
"Like all most compelling mysteries, Jean Kwok's SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE has a powerful emotional drama at its heart. A twisting tale of love, loss and dark family secrets."
—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of
The Girl on the Train and Into the Water
“SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE is riveting. A dazzling, talented woman disappears, leading her younger sister to search the Netherlands—and the past—for the truth. This novel is part mystery, part saga of an immigrant family. It is both gripping and emotionally resonant on every page—a remarkable achievement.”
—Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Testimony
"Dazzling. A heartbreaking, tumultuous ride of a novel that upends our expectations—about family loyalty, cultural identity and the very nature of love itself—at every twist and turn. Kwok is a wise and knowing story-teller who keeps us under her spell until the very last page.”
—Julie Otsuka, New York Times bestselling author of When the Emperor Was Divine and The Buddha in the Attic, a National Book Award Finalist