Mar 13, 2015

Book Beginning: A MAP OF BETRAYAL by Ha Jin

The Friday 56: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. *Post it. *Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginnings at Rose City Reader.
A Map of Betrayal: A Novel by Ha Jin, published November 4, 2014 by Pantheon.
Genre: historical fiction, spy novel

Book beginning:
My mother used to say, "Lilian, as long as I'm alive, you must have nothing to do with that woman." She was referring to Suzie, my father's mistress. 
"Okay, I won't," I would reply. 
Nellie, my embittered mother, had never forgiven my father for keeping another woman, though he'd died many years before. I kept my promise. I did not approach Suzie Chao until my mother, after a tenacious fight against pancreatic cancer, succumbed last winter. Death at eighty - I can say she lived a long life. 
Page 56: 
On the very afternoon he checked into a mall hotel on Queen's Road in downtown Hong Kong, he called Bingwen, who was delighted to hear about his arrival and eager to see him. 
Book description: A tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two families and two countries—China and the United States.

Found at the library, a spy novel I'm looking forward to reading.


sherry fundin said...

I have to be in the right mood to read something like this, but I usually love them when I do. Thanks for sharing.
sherry @ fundinmentalFriday Memes

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds intriguing....and I am definitely curious. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “WHERE THEY FOUND HER”

Katherine P said...

I'm intrigued! The premise sounds interesting and I always like family secrets and entwined history. Plus through in the espionage and I'm definitely interested. I

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Sounds like a good story. I think I'd especially enjoy the Hong Kong setting.
My Friday post features WHAT WE KEEP.

Suko said...

This does sound compelling! I hope this spy novel is enjoyable and engaging.

fredamans said...

Sounds like lots of back story to cover!
Happy weekend!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds like it is going to be a good one. I do want to try it soon.

Brian Joseph said...

I like the emotional conflict that this premise seems to set up. If I were the book's protagonist I would feel a sense of obligation to continue to abide by my mother's wish. Even after she passed away.

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