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Jean Kwok


Jean Kwok

Jean Kwok is the award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of THE LEFTOVER WOMAN, SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE, GIRL IN TRANSLATION and MAMBO IN CHINATOWN. Her work has been published in 20 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world.

An instant New York Times bestseller, SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE was selected for the "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club and featured in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Post, The Washington Post, O Magazine, People, Entertainment Weekly and more. Jean has been chosen for numerous honors including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, an Orange New Writers title, and the Sunday Times Short Story Award international shortlist. She was one of 12 authors asked by the Agatha Christie estate to write an original, authorized Miss Marple story for MARPLE: Twelve New Mysteries.

She has appeared on "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America," and spoken at many schools and venues including Harvard University, Columbia University, Talks at Google and the Tucson Festival of Books. A television documentary was filmed about Jean and her work.

Jean immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood while living in an unheated, roach-infested apartment. In between her undergraduate degree at Harvard and MFA in fiction at Columbia, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer. Jean is trilingual, fluent in Dutch, Chinese and English, and studied Latin for seven years. She divides her time between the Netherlands and New York City.

Books by Jean Kwok

by Jean Kwok - Domestic Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

From the New York Times bestselling author of SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE and GIRL IN TRANSLATION comes an evocative family drama and a riveting mystery about the ferocious pull of motherhood for two very different women.

by Jean Kwok - Fiction

SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE is a poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women --- two sisters and their mother --- in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge.