A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe
In 1933, American Jessie Lesage steps off a boat from Paris and onto the shores of Vietnam. Accompanying her husband Victor, an heir to the Michelin rubber fortune, she's certain that their new life is full of promise. Jessie soon meets Marcelle de Fabry, a spellbinding French woman with a moneyed Indochinese lover, the silk tycoon Khoi Nguyen. Descending on Jessie's world like a hurricane, Marcelle proves to be an exuberant guide to ex-pat life. But hidden beneath her vivacious exterior is a fierce desire to put the colony back in the hands of its people. As a fiery political struggle builds around her, Jessie begins to wonder what's real in a friendship that she suspects may be nothing but a house of cards. Motivated by love, driven by ambition, and seeking self-preservation at all costs, Jessie and Marcelle each toe the line between friend and foe, ethics and excess. Read a sample.