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    IGNOU books 2019 In Hindi Online PDF Free the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother—and then vanishesAmy, the Searching for PDF \ sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn’t rejoin her family in America until age nine Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional loveBut what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers Sylvie has always looked out for them Now, it’s Amy’s turn to help Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister’s movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much valuable: the truth Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secretssecrets that will reveal about Amy’s complicated family—and herself—than she ever could have imaginedA deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping pageturner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone—especially those we love."/>
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Searching for Sylvie Lee
  • Jean Kwok
  • English
  • 13 May 2019
  • 9780062834324

Searching for Sylvie Lee✯ [PDF] ❤ Searching for Sylvie Lee By Jean Kwok ✼ – Essayreview.co.uk 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 daug 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, from the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in TranslationIt begins with a mystery Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother—and then vanishesAmy, the Searching for PDF \ sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn’t rejoin her family in America until age nine Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional loveBut what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers Sylvie has always looked out for them Now, it’s Amy’s turn to help Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister’s movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much valuable: the truth Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secretssecrets that will reveal about Amy’s complicated family—and herself—than she ever could have imaginedA deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping pageturner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone—especially those we love.

10 thoughts on “Searching for Sylvie Lee

  1. says:

    I'm so thankful for your interest in SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE, which was an instant NYT bestseller and chosen as The Today Show Book Club Pick! Check out the recent NYT article (http://tiny.cc/dh926y), plus there's an excerpt (http://tiny.cc/JeanKwok) and a book club guide with discussion questions and recipes (http://tiny.cc/gd7r9y). Thank you all so much for taking the time to read and rate. I hope very much that you like it and I am so grateful to you for being my readers. :)

  2. says:

    It is so hard to figure out why a book will resonate so greatly with some, and not others. This book is a case in point, it has garnered some terrific reviews, but there were some plot points that were for me, not realistic. A young Chinese woman disappears after returning to the Netherlands, when the grandmother that helped raise her, was dying. Although her parents lived in the United States, Sylvie herself lived in the Netherlands for her first nine years. Her younger sister, Amy, who thinks Sylvie perfect, flies to the Netherlands to find out what happened to her sister.

    In alternating chapters we hear from Amy, Sylvie herself and their mother. Changing views of Sylvie are revealed from her own words. There are many family secrets, and a suspected hidden treasures passed down from mother to daughter. Jealousy, and its ill effects, an ugliness that spreads. The struggle for immigrants to assimilate. Yet, I had trouble connecting to the characters. We do find out what happened to Sylvie and why, though I didn't feel I was given enough reasons to find the ending credible.

    ARC from librarything.

  3. says:

    Four full, surprising , heartbreaking ,mysterious ,twisty, tearful stars!

    A real well written novel questions so many important issues from immigrant problems to partly racism, discrimination, from devoted love-hate sisterhood relationships to childhood crush, from inequality between men and women at work places to a husband’s betrayal and abuse!!!

    It’s a real gripping story, told by two sisters and mother!

    As soon as we read mother’s part, we realize that their own daughter’s have no idea about her feelings, her past, her anxiety about future. They don’t know the real her. And both sisters seem like having a tight bond between them, they’re jealous of each other!

    Mother’s language is Chinese, Amy’s is English and Sylvie’s is Dutch! So mother and her daughters are literally having real communication problems! It’s not hard to see they keep everything bottomed inside and don’t share with each other!!!

    And when Sylvie is disappeared, Amy realizes she doesn’t know her sister anymore! Sylvie is separated from her husband and before she was leaving for Netherlands to her important job task, she was actually fired and she left the country to see her dying grandmother who has raised her till she is 9!

    As long as I keep reading I wish Sylvie could be found or she could have her HEA! I know it was too optimistic approach because this is heartbreaking, thrilling and mostly pessimistic book which hurts you too many times with the intense, angsty, emotional tests all three women have endured.

    And the final revelations, the surprises, secrets, lies , twists that not so much foreseeable ( at least I couldn’t find it ! Mostly I’m a good detective! ) shake your world!!!

    A great family drama/ mystery and thriller/ ugly cry women story!

    The mystery about Sylvie was not concluded as I thought! That part was a little disappointed me so I cut the only star from that part. But mostly it’s remarkable, effective and one of the greatest books of the year!

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  4. says:

    Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok is a 2019 William Morrow publication.

    A poignant family saga highlighting cultural, gender, and generational divides.

    About Sylvie:

    Sylvie is a thirty-three-year old woman of Chinese descent, who up until she was nine years old, lived in the Netherlands with her extended family- which included her maternal grandmother, her mother’s cousin, Helena, her husband, Willem Tan, and their son, Lukas. She is the daughter of ‘Ma and Pa’, the sister of Amy, the wife of Jim. She’s vibrant, focused, brilliant and highly successful… And… she’s missing.

    Sylvie initially flew to Holland to care for her ailing grandmother. After her grandmother passes away, it was presumed Sylvie had returned to New York, but no one has seen her. Amy is alerted by Lukas that Sylvie has vanished, which sets off alarm bells in Amy’s mind. After checking the usual places, it becomes clear Sylvie never left the Netherlands. So, Amy travels to Holland to search for her, encountering her extended relatives for the first time.

    She is immediately struck by their apathy towards Sylvie’s absence, the hostility she senses from Helena, and the mysterious behavior Sylvie exhibited before she disappeared. But her cousin’s blasé attitude is nothing compared to their demand that Amy not seek outside help- such as from the police. As Amy works to uncover the truth about her sister, she discovers a part of Sylvie she never knew existed.

    The story is a very taut, suspenseful mystery, but not in the traditional sense. Where is Sylvie? Did she take off deliberately? Why would she do something so out of character?

    While this mystery unfolds, at the core of the story is a very complex family drama. ‘Ma’ immigrated to the US, but the adjustment was very hard, leading her to take the Tans up on their kind offer to have Sylvie come live with them. She never intended for Sylvie to stay so long and had no idea how difficult things became for her before she returned home to New York to live with parents again.

    Amy also has no idea what Sylvie’s life was like in the nine years she spent in Holland. She loves her sister dearly, but is also a little jealous of her, too. Could Sylvie be a bit envious of Amy, as well?

    Besides the exploration of sisterly bonds, the story also addresses the hardships immigrants endure, the racism the family encountered, both in Holland and in New York. These events shaped them as a family unit and as individuals.

    Amy’s persistent search for answers unveils layers of sorrow, secrets, resentments, and a host of bitter regrets.

    The novel is fast paced, but everything remains shrouded in mystery until the very end, which tempted me to start over and read it again so I could view it from with an insider’s advantage.

    The mysteries and revelations emerge slowly, but the atmosphere becomes increasingly puzzling and alarming. Once the mystery is resolved, one is left to reflect upon the characters, their motives, limitations, desires, fears, and the perception of oneself that others may view differently.

    While this book is categorized as a mystery, I strongly urge those familiar with the genre not to expect anything like a criminal investigation here. This is the desperate search for a missing person without the help of any official agencies. But, rest assured, the mystery of Sylvie Lee’s disappearance deepens as the story progresses, leaving one feeling on edge with ever growing sense of urgency.

    However, for me, the cultural struggles of immigrating to another country, and the absolute poison of racism humming beneath the surface, along with the complex family dynamics, is what I’ll remember most about the journey.

    It’s a heart wrenching tale with a valuable lesson tucked inside these pages, one that should give us all something to contemplate. Empathy is evidently a rare strait and one we should all try harder to develop. You never really know what someone is going through until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes…

  5. says:

    3.5 stars.

    While its title suggests this book is a mystery, and certainly there is a mystery component, Jean Kwok's Searching for Sylvie Lee is also a study of family dynamics and an exploration of how secrets can destroy relationships.

    Sylvie Lee is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. When she was very young, her parents were too poor to raise her in America, so they allowed her to be raised by cousins and her maternal grandmother in the Netherlands. Life wasn't easy there for Sylvie—an awkward child, she faced a lot of ridicule as well as racism, being one of very few Chinese among her Dutch classmates and neighbors.

    While Sylvie's grandmother and her cousin Willem treated her with love, Willem's wife Helena took an instant dislike to her, and seemed to single her out for mistreatment. Sylvie didn't understand why she was deserving of such cruelty, but she took comfort in her relationship with Willem and Helena's son, Lukas.

    At age nine, Sylvie returns home to the U.S. She now has a younger sister, Amy, for whom she becomes a protector, and despite there being a seven-year age difference, the two forge a very close relationship. Sylvie encourages Amy at every turn, gives her the courage and support to do anything she wants, since their parents spend most of their time working to make ends meet.

    Years later, Sylvie returns to the Netherlands when she learns her grandmother is dying. As much as she has changed from the awkward, ugly girl to a beautiful, intelligent woman, returning to the Netherlands reopens old resentments with Helena, and confuses her heart. And then Sylvie vanishes. Her Dutch cousins assumed she was on her way home; her family in America thought she was still in the Netherlands.

    That had always been Sylvie's role, to go forth and have adventures. My job was to wait for her to return home safely. Now the country mouse has been forced into the great devouring world.

    As Amy tries to figure out what happened to Sylvie, she begins uncovering secrets that Sylvie kept hidden from them all, things that showed her life wasn't as successful and happy as she had led everyone to believe. When Amy travels to the Netherlands—her first time traveling anywhere, much less internationally—she finds herself in the midst of the tensions of her Dutch relatives, and discovers that in the Netherlands, things for Sylvie were confusing and painful beyond simply grieving for her grandmother.

    What happened to Sylvie? Did she simply need to take a break from it all, as some suggested, or was something more nefarious at play? Did someone harm her? Is someone responsible for her disappearance and perhaps her death? Amy is a stranger in an unfamiliar country surrounded by people with secrets, and yet there's even more she doesn't know.

    Searching for Sylvie Lee is narrated by Amy, Sylvie, and their mother, and shifts back and forth through time. Through each woman's eyes you see things that go unsaid, emotions that are hidden, and fear of the truth being exposed. There are some powerful emotions in this story, and so many places where if only people had spoken up, things could have been different.

    I'm always a fan of stories about family dysfunction, and this is certainly one of those! Kwok is a very talented storyteller; I read one of her previous books, Girl in Translation , a number of years ago, and her skills have gotten even stronger since then. Even though there is a great deal of melodrama in the plot, none of what occurs seems far-fetched or unrealistic.

    I definitely figured out some of the mystery before it was revealed, and while I wasn't necessarily surprised by how things ultimately unfolded, I had hoped for a different conclusion. At times, too, the book's pacing was very slow, and I wanted less flashbacks and more focusing on Sylvie's disappearance.

    If you're looking for a mystery, I don't know that this will foot the bill, but if you're looking for a well-told story of a family shattered by secrets, Searching for Sylvie Lee may be just the book for you.

    See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.

    Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html.

    You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  6. says:

    I was a big fan of Girl in Translation so I jumped right on this new novel by Jean Kwok. The first half (maybe even 2/3) was interesting and held forth much promise. Then something terrible happened. All I can figure is that a cheesy soap opera writer stole her manuscript and finished it. Even the language was gussied up and over the top. But worse yet was the plotting. No spoilers so I’ll just say that there were far too many coincidences and the “mystery” aspect of it was lame.

  7. says:

    I’m between 3.5 and 4 stars on this one so I’ll round up.

    This was a compelling story about a Chinese immigrant family and the struggles they go through to create a life for themselves in a new country where, despite their best efforts, they never truly feel that they belong. Sylvie Lee is the beautiful and successful older daughter who was sent off to live with her grandmother and her cousin’s family in the Netherlands when she was only a few months old -- despite being reunited with her parents when she turned nine, the time away unfortunately had a lasting effect on Sylvie’s relationship with her parents – especially with her mother. Amy Lee is the baby of the family – only 2 years old when Sylvie returned to her parents, Amy’s timid and shy nature contrasted sharply with Sylvie’s bold and fearless personality, yet the two sisters developed an unbreakable bond. To Amy, Sylvie was her fiercest protector, a sister she adored and looked up to and, in some ways, became more of a mother to her than their own parents, who were constantly absent due to work. One day, after flying back to the Netherlands to pay their dying grandmother one final visit, Sylvie vanishes without a trace. Distraught, yet determined to find her sister, Amy flies to the Netherlands and retraces Sylvie’s steps -- she soon discovers that there was another side to her sister she never knew about. At the same time, the awkwardness of her cousin’s family leads Amy to believe that they might be hiding something, perhaps having to do with Sylvie. In her desperation to find her sister and convinced that she is racing against time, Amy ramps up her search, which leads her to discover a devastating family secret – one that, when ultimately revealed, threatens to tear the family apart. What happened to Sylvie Lee? And what role, if any, did her family have in her disappearance?

    The first half of the story definitely had me enthralled and kept me turning the pages, not wanting to put the book down for even a minute. Being a Chinese immigrant myself, I was definitely able to resonate with the various challenges that the Lee family went through as they tried to assimilate to life in the U.S. – the cultural divide between the parents and the children due to the drastically different environments in which they were raised, the impact of language and the communication barriers that can arise within the family as a result of differences in language, the never-ending struggle to prove yourself, to show that your parents’ sacrifices were not in vain, the frustrations of constantly having to deal with the bias, prejudices, and preconceived stereotypes of a society that is less welcoming to those who are different from them, the sense that you will never truly “belong” no matter how successful you become or how well you are able to align yourself with your surroundings. This was the side of the story that drew me in the most and I felt it was very effective to have the narration alternate between Amy, Sylvie, and their mother, as we get to understand this family and each of the characters much more in depth.

    With all that said though, the middle section was where things started to drag a little and while it did pick back up in the end, I had actually already figured out most of the story by then, so it unfortunately made the ending anti-climactic for me. I also felt that the parts of the story related to the “mystery” aspect, specifically dealing with Sylvia’s disappearance, felt a bit detached and lacked the emotional pull I expected – when we do eventually find out “what happened” and “why,” it felt rushed and the emotional aspect seemed like it was glossed over a bit...this was especially so during the “big reveal” scene at the very end. In a way, I felt like perhaps there was a bit too much going on plot-wise in the second half of the book, which caused the narrative to unravel a bit as the story headed toward its end. As a mystery/thriller novel, I felt this didn’t work too well, as the suspense part was a bit weak in my opinion – I never really got the “edge-of-your-seat” / “hold-on-for-the-ride” feel from this one. The cultural elements were well-done though and I feel like those elements, along with the writing, were what made this story well-worth reading, plus the fact that I was able to get a good feel for the characters and connect with them.

    Overall, this was a thought-provoking read and even though I wasn’t too keen on the mystery / suspense aspect, I felt it did a good job exploring the challenges of being both an immigrant and a woman of color in today’s world. This is my first time reading Jean Kwok’s work and of course it won’t be my last – I’ve had both of her previous novels on my TBR for quite some time already and I definitely intend to get to them at some point. After I finished this book, I did some follow up research and found out that Kwok’s inspiration for the story came from her own family background as well as the tragedy her family experienced losing her older brother Kwan in a plane crash 10 years ago. Channeling the pain and grief from that experience, plus her own story of immigrating from Hong Kong to the U.S. as a child and later moving to the Netherlands, Kwok was able to deliver a poignant, culturally resonant story, one that I definitely recommend!

    Received ARC from William Morrow (HarperCollins) via Edelweiss.

  8. says:

    I absolutely loved Searching for Sylvie Lee, the engrossing new fiction novel by Jean Kwok, the author of Girl in Translation. Not only is is written with great description of the Netherlands, NY and Venice, but the build up to an unsolved mystery is addictive and compelling. At the end of many of the chapters I had to catch my breath!

    A perfect combination of literary fiction and suspense, in Searching for Sylvie Lee, Jean Kwok lets us inside the minds of Chinese immigrant sisters Sylvie, Amy and their Ma. Smart, pretty and accomplished, Sylvie is the golden child in the family. Having grown up with her grandmother in the Netherlands, she felt compelled to return there when Grandma became ill. Younger sister, Amy, is shy and insecure. When Amy hears that Sylvie has mysteriously disappeared, she has to pull it together to be strong, and travel overseas to find out what happened to her beloved big sister.

    Ma’s relationships with her daughters are complicated; she immigrated to NYC when she and Pa were young and she was pregnant. They were very poor and worked many jobs to stay afloat. Once Sylvie was born they sent her to the Netherlands to be cared for by Ma’s mother, as they thought it would be a better life for her. The feeling of rejection had a huge impact on Sylvie and her other relationships. She stayed in Amsterdam for more than 8 years, and when Ma and Pa had another daughter, Sylvie returned to NY, yet she felt she was called home to be a babysitter for her younger sister, Amy.

    Communication barriers and lack of understanding add to the tension of this story and is often the case with immigrant families. The relationship with children can be strained and sacrificed when coming to a new country as the parents have a hard time learning the ways of the new home yet the kids haven’t lived any other way.

    Ma’s communication skills are limited because she only speaks broken English, but her thoughts in Chinese are clear and strong. Sylvie spent her formative years in Dutch culture, feeling loved by her Grandma and cousin and on unsettled ground with her aunt and uncle, and Amy was from NY, had hard working, supportive parents but struggled with a stutter and had a hard time expressing herself.

    Searching For Sylvie Lee is a story of love…the beauty and the pitfalls, the joy and the heartbreak. An unexpected disappearance becomes a full on mystery, and pain, confusion and misunderstandings are the results of buried family secrets – unintentional hurt is inflicted all around, but does the truth come out too late?

    A Chinese immigrant experience in NY and Amsterdam, Searching For Sylvie Lee is full of suspense and wonderful writing. This is one of my favorite books of the year!

    The idea to write about a missing person was inspired by author Jean Kwok’s brother. Learn more about the devastating disappearance of Jean Kwok’s brother at https://booknationbyjen.com/2019/07/2...


    Q & A with Jean Kwok

    Q: What inspires you to write and how do you decide the format and genre?
    A: I always write about issues that mean a great deal to me personally. Searching for Sylvie Lee was inspired by the real-life disappearance of my.... full Q & A on Book nation by Jen (https://booknationbyjen.com/2019/07/2...)

  9. says:

    Sylvie Lee is missing. She is Amy’s bright, beautiful and highly successful older sister who returned to Holland because their grandmother was gravely ill. See, Sylvie, along with her grandmother, was sent to live with her aunt and uncle, Helena & Willhem Tan, when she was a baby and rejoined her family in New York when she was nine and Amy was two. Her grandmother subsequently died and Sylvie was expected back home a week ago but no one seems to know where she is. Amy departs for Holland to try and find her, learning so much along the way to make her question whether she truly ever knew the sister she reveres.

    This is a multigenerational story that is about so much more than locating a missing person, which is what I thought this would be. We’re provided three narratives: Amy, the younger sister; Sylvie Lee; and, Ma, their mother. There are a host of secondary characters who are part of this frame and instrumental in shaping all three women. The most impactful aspect of the story is the ever evolving identity of Sylvie Lee. She’s driven by a number of forces that’s made her excel in everything she’s ventured and things appear to have shifted. Those shifts provide textured layers to what I had first believed to be a fairly two-dimensional story.

    My book club selected this for discussion and after our meeting, I raised my rating. There are deep themes that I hadn’t considered, giving the story so many additional angles to consider. We had a robust discussion about the Dutch and Asian cultures, racism, immigration, abandonment and displaced affections among others. Even the title has a more nuanced meaning. While I found the transitions between narratives often choppy and awkward, they didn’t lessen the power of the characterizations and messages. I’m glad three narrators were used for the audio version because they delivered their characters’ voices in the cultural aspects of where they were most formed. I have to believe it was deliberate as it was effective. This is a complicated story with really interesting, culturally diverse and complex characters.

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  10. says:

    I found Searching for Sylvie Lee an enthralling, thought-provoking and emotional read. This book combines gorgeous, literary prose with a powerfully suspenseful plot. As the characters navigate multiple languages and cultures, and the web of relationships that holds them together grows more complex, the novel's insights about family, culture, gender and love rise to the surface, surprising and delighting the reader.

    The book begins as Amy discovers that something has gone terribly wrong with her gorgeous, successful older sister Sylvie and embarks on a journey to try and piece together the mystery. As Amy traces Sylvie's footsteps across the world to the Netherlands, the country in which her sister was raised for the first few years of her life, she begins to uncover secrets and deceptions with far-reaching consequences for herself and her family, as well as discovering new potential and new abilities of her own.

    I particularly loved the delicate and nuanced depiction of the relationships between the two sisters, Sylvie and Amy, their mother, and their aunt and the questions this depiction raised for me about the faces we show to family and the parts of ourselves that we choose to -- or try to -- keep hidden from those we love.

    This is a novel which captures an entire world within its pages. It was an absolute joy to read!

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