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The Emperor of Shoes (Digital Audiobook)

By Spencer Wise, Josh Bloomberg (Narrator)

Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/28/2019)
Hardcover (6/5/2018)
Compact Disc (6/5/2018)
MP3 CD (6/5/2018)
Compact Disc (6/5/2018)
Library Binding, Large Print (9/5/2018)

Description

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.