The Painter from Shanghai (Paperback)

A Novel

By Jennifer Cody Epstein

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393335316, 432pp.

Publication Date: April 6, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/17/2008)
Paperback, Spanish (3/15/2011)
Paperback (4/1/2008)
Hardcover, Spanish (10/1/2008)

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"A historical novel on a grand scale…a dark love story, a triumphant tale of survival." —Maureen Howard

Down the muddy waters of the Yangtze River, through the raucous glamour of prewar Shanghai and the bohemian splendor of 1920s Paris, and back to a China teetering on the brink of revolution: this is the epic story of Pan Yuliang, one of the most talented—and provocative—Chinese artists of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of the international best-selling novel The Painter from Shanghai, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment (the 2013 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association adult fiction honor recipient), and most recently, Wunderland. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Self, Mademoiselle, and others. Epstein earned her MFA in fiction from Columbia University and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Praise For The Painter from Shanghai: A Novel


A sparkling debut…lush!

Engrossing…Epstein’s spotless pace, vivid characterization and often-breathtaking descriptions elevate the novel above any initial similarities with Memoirs of a Geisha to become its own distinctive canvas.

Epstein’s harrowing—and historically accurate—details show that through darkness comes greatness.

Convincing historic detail is woven throughout…Captivating to the last line.