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Emperor Of Shoes, The

Emperor Of Shoes, The

  • Author: Wise, Spencer
  • ISBN: 9780857302182
  • Availability: In Stock
$NZ 29.99 Ex Tax: $NZ 29.99
From an exciting new voice in literary fiction, a transfixing story about an expatriate in southern China and his burgeoning relationship with a seamstress intent on inspiring dramatic political change. Alex Cohen, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, but as he explores the plant's vast floors and assembly lines, he comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt and Alex's own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line. When Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, his sympathies begin to shift. She is an embedded organizer of a pro-democratic Chinese party, secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow labourers. Will Alex remain loyal to his father and his heritage? Or will the sparks of revolution ignite? Deftly plotted and vibrantly drawn, The Emperor of Shoes is a timely meditation on idealism, ambition, father-son rivalry and cultural revolution, set against a vivid backdrop of social and technological change. 'Spencer Wise's The Emperor of Shoes is one of the most complex, nuanced, character-rich first novels I have ever read. Wise comes to us fully-flighted as a master stylist and a compelling storyteller.' - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner 'Fresh and innovative, Spencer Wise's The Emperor of Shoes is the latest addition to the tradition of young-man fiction that starts with Bellow and Roth...this is the best first novel I've ever read.' - David Kirby, National Book Award Nominee

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