The Emperor of Shoes (Hardback)
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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 25/07/2018
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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 realisation: 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 organiser 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.

Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780857302199
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
In our current climate of exclusionary politics based on privileged citizenships, how much more empathetic it would be to acknowledge the shared 'in between' moments of our existence... in this respect, both Li and Wise have written novels of our times * New York Times *
A really good and thought-provoking read * Trip Fiction *
A really good and thought-provoking read * Trip Fiction *
Involving, humorous and revelatory, this must be almost the perfect book! -- Sue Glynn * NB Magazine *
Involving, humorous and revelatory, this must be almost the perfect book! -- Sue Glynn * NB Magazine *

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TripFiction

“Novel set in SOUTHERN CHINE (a shoeshine revolution)”

The Emperor of Shoes is a story of exploitation – of Chinese workers by the factory’s owners. Low wages and poor work conditions so that US department stores can be supplied with ‘affordable’ own label footwear.

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Linda Hepworth

“Thought-provoking but, ultimately, a bit disappointing.”

Alex Cohen is a twenty-six-year old Jewish Bostonian working in his father’s shoe factory in southern China. He reluctantly accepts his father’s demand that he should take on greater responsibility for the running of... More

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“An incredibly well written, finely crafted and well nuanced book”

It is 25 years since the massacre at Tiananmen Square. Hong Kong has been handed over and trade between China and America is flourishing. Among those making money from the transition to a more commercial economy is... More

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