The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise audiobook

The Emperor of Shoes

By Spencer Wise
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Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Audio 9781335145901
10.28 Hours Unabridged
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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 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 laborers. 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.

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Summary

Summary

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 laborers. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Part love story, part father-son fable, part dark initiation, this powerful debut novel wonderfully brings into focus the ways we are all interconnected in a complex and global world.” Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“One of the most complex, nuanced, character-rich first novels I have ever read…[from] a master stylist and a compelling storyteller.” Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“Fresh and innovative…I’ve taught for more than forty years; this is the best first novel I’ve ever read.” David Kirby, National Book Award–nominated author

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Author

Author Bio: Spencer Wise

Author Bio: Spencer Wise

Spencer Wise is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has won the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction, and his work has appeared in Narrative magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Florida Review, and New Ohio Review. He teaches at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English