The Emperor Of Shoes: A Novel by Spencer WiseThe Emperor Of Shoes: A Novel by Spencer Wise

The Emperor Of Shoes: A Novel

bySpencer Wise

Paperback | May 28, 2019

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“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?
Title:The Emperor Of Shoes: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 7.97 × 5.33 × 0.82 inShipping dimensions:7.97 × 5.33 × 0.82 inPublished:May 28, 2019Publisher:Hanover Square PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:133500548X

ISBN - 13:9781335005489

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