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Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann
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Jan 05, 2011

it was amazing
Read in July, 2010

This is a fine book which brings today's China to life. Ellie, the main character, is an expatriate living in China. Her relationship with her husband has gone south, but she's made a bunch of new friends who have a wide diversity of backgrounds. Her normal life gets turned upside down and the chase is on, as a mysterious set of men in suits pursue her for reasons she doesn't really fathom. She leaves Beijing and we get glimpses of other cities and what it's like to travel between them low-rent style. The book has a lot of forward energy, but also touches on the strangeness that comes from being in a different country. This was definitely one of the best books I read in 2010.
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