Dinah Lee Küng worked for twenty years in Asia as a foreign correspondent, mainly in China/Hong Kong, for publications including The Economist, Business Week, and the International Herald Tribune. She is the author of six novels, a number of radio plays and was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2004. She has three children and is the wife of a retired International Red Cross official living outside Geneva.
From the author of the Orange Prize-nominated comic novel, "A Visit From Voltaire," a heartwarming and funny short story about the scorching August morning her mother died in L.A.
A woman who loved living among the various "types" who might have walked out of a Central Casting directory or a soap-opera audition call, the departed mother bequeaths her bereaved daughter the legacy of laughter.
The Geneva laser clinic of Dr. Roman Micheli is as discreet as a Swiss bank—no matter who the patient, Roman is the dispassionate professional. His wife Isabel, a WHO leprologist, is even more dedicated to her work than Roman. But the Michelis' technically perfect partnership unravels when an American violinist strides onto a concert stage and weaves the audience into her musical spell.
A London librarian is losing her job, her man and, possibly even her mind. Enrolling in an evening class, "Mending Marriage or Decent Divorce," Jane ends up by mistake with some oddball businessmen studying Sun Tzu's The Art of War and China's legendary Thirty-six Battle Stratagems. The distraught Jane has nothing to lose and in fact, gains more from Baldwin's coaching than she bargained for.
Nominated for the UK's Orange Prize for Fiction in 2004, A Visit From Voltaire brings the incorrigible 18th-century troublemaker back to life as he haunts the Swiss farmhouse of a newly-arrived American and her family. Over the course of a single winter, a comic Voltaire evolves from the Houseguest-from-Hell into her wisest friend, teaching her how to live life to the fullest. Funny and original.