Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy welcomes New York Times bestselling author Jean Kwok for conversation about her new book, Searching for Sylvie Lee, an immigrant mystery novel and Jenna Bush Hagar’s June 2019 Book Club Pick for the Today Show.
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. Her beloved brother Kwan passed away in a tragic plane accident and was the inspiration behind Searching for Sylvie Lee. Jean is trilingual, fluent in Dutch, Chinese and English, and studied Latin for seven years. She lives in the Netherlands with her husband, two sons and four cats.