The Emperor of Shoes (Paperback)

By Spencer Wise

Hanover Square Press, 9781335005489, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/5/2018)
Library Binding, Large Print (9/5/2018)
Compact Disc (6/5/2018)
Compact Disc (6/5/2018)
MP3 CD (6/5/2018)

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Description

"Evocative...The Emperor of Shoes underscores the extent to which the promise of economic opportunity still moves people across great distances on our planet... A novel] of our times..."--New York Times Book Review

*A Library Journal Best Debut of Summer 2018*

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?