An Evening with Jean Kwok: The Leftover Woman

Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


The Lenox Hotel and Reading with Robin present Jean Kwok in conversation with Reading With Robin's Robin Kall, to discuss Jean's latest novel, "The Leftover Woman" - an evocative family drama and a riveting mystery about the ferocious pull of motherhood for two very different women.

WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2023

WHERE: The Lenox, 61 Exeter Street, Boston MA



• Admission for one to the program + a hardcover copy of Jean's new release "The Leftover Woman"

• Snacks & Cash Bar Available

**Book Club/Group Ticket rates available, please email for details!
***Special rate available for overnight guest rooms, please email for details!

Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable



A Most Anticipated Book by The New York Times • Elle •  People • New York Post  Goodreads  Crimereads • and many more! 

An evocative family drama and a riveting mystery about the ferocious pull of motherhood for two very different women—from the New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee and Girl in Translation. 

"At once a hugely atmospheric and suspenseful mystery and a compelling exploration of motherhood and belonging that packs a profound emotional punch. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book." — Lucy Foley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment 

Jasmine Yang arrives in New York City from her rural Chinese village without money or family support, fleeing a controlling husband, on a desperate search for the daughter who was taken from her at birth—another female casualty of China’s controversial One Child Policy. But with her husband on her trail, the clock is ticking, and she’s forced to make increasingly risky decisions if she ever hopes to be reunited with her daughter.

Meanwhile, publishing executive Rebecca Whitney seems to have it all: a prestigious family name and the wealth that comes with it, a high-powered career, a beautiful home, a handsome husband, and an adopted Chinese daughter she adores. She’s even hired a nanny to help her balance the demands of being a working wife and mother. But when an industry scandal threatens to jeopardize not only Rebecca’s job but her marriage, this perfect world begins to crumble and her role in her own family is called into question.

The Leftover Woman finds these two unforgettable women on a shocking collision course. Twisting and suspenseful and surprisingly poignant, it's a profound exploration of identity and belonging, motherhood and family. It is a story of two women in a divided city—separated by severe economic and cultural differences yet bound by a deep emotional connection to a child.

“A magnetic meditation on secret histories, motherhood, love, and how we show up for each other in the most surprising of ways. A beautiful, propulsive story!” — Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

"A heart-tugging exploration of love, belonging, and the meaning of family." — Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The It Girl



Jean Kwok is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She is fluent in Chinese, Dutch, and English, and divides her time between the Netherlands and New York City.

Event address: 
The Lenox Hotel
61 Exeter Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Published: William Morrow - October 10th, 2023