The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee

The Piano Teacher

Janice Y.K. Lee

328 pages first pub 2009 (editions)

fiction historical emotional slow-paced


Exotic Hong Kong takes center stage in this sumptuous novel, set in the 1940s and '50s. It's a city teeming with people, sights, sounds, and smells, and it's home to a group of foreign nationals who enjoy the good life among the local moneyed set,...

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Community Reviews Summary of 770 reviews


dark 54%
reflective 45%
emotional 36%
informative 36%
mysterious 36%
sad 36%
tense 27%
challenging 9%


medium 50%
slow 41%
fast 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 54% | Character: 36% | Plot: 9%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 54% | Yes: 27% | No: 18%

Loveable characters?

No: 63% | It's complicated: 36%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 40%

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