In 1952, recently married ingénue “Claire Pendleton” arrives in Hong Kong with her dull husband, and gets involved with the enigmatic chauffeur of the wealthy couple for whom she works as a piano teacher. The story flashes back and forth between the characters as they are in post-war Hong Kong, a time of retribution and denunciations, and as they were in 1942 during the Japanese occupation of the British colony, when people compromised and plotted to survive. After a slow start, the novel becomes quite intriguing, with disturbing and unusual characters, and a completely unexpected, yet appropriate ending.
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