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The Painter from Shanghai

A Novel

Jennifer Cody Epstein


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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.

Praise For The Painter from Shanghai: A Novel

— New York Times Book Review

A sparkling debut…lush!
— Vogue

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.

— Chicago Tribune

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

Convincing historic detail is woven throughout…Captivating to the last line.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393335316, 430pp.

Publication Date: April 6, 2009

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.