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Fragrant Harbor by John Lanchester
Fragrant Harbor tells the story of Hong Kong through the eyes of just a few people, instead of a sprawling saga with a multitude of characters. Dawn Stone is an ambitious and talented young woman making as much money as quickly as she can, Tom Stewart is an Englishman who had been on the island since 1935 and made his fortune in business, and the woman he wants to love, Sister Maria who tends to the island's poor and needy. Their stories all converge in the end when the island is passed from British to Chinese rule. John Lanchester's novel has received praise from most reviewers with the Washington Post saying, "it conveys a powerful sense of that strange, beautiful, corrupt, romantic and infinitely complex place."