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The Emperor of Shoes

(2018)
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From an exciting new voice in literary fiction, a transfixing and timely story about a young Jewish American expat who assumes the helm of his family's shoe factory in present day southern China, and his burgeoning relationship with a seamstress intent on inspiring dramatic political change, for fans of Adam Johnson, Mischa Berlinski, and Madeleine Thien. Alex Cohen, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in a remote village in southern China, where his father runs a family-owned shoe factory. Lost and searching, Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, absorbing the generations-old secrets of the trade from his loving but neurotic father. As Alex explores the plant's vast floors and assembly lines he comes to a grim realization: employers are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt and Alex's own father is engaging in payoffs and bribes to protect the bottom line. Then he meets a seamstress named Ivy. As Alex and Ivy grow close, Alex's sympathies begin to shift to the Chinese workers, who labor under brutal conditions, stitching, sewing and cobbling shoes for American companies. But when Ivy's past resurfaces, her broader goals become apparent. 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? Drawing on his own family's experiences, Spencer Wise explores the evolution of a precarious Jewish family empire as it struggles to adapt in a global landscape. 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 striking backdrop of social and technological change in contemporary southern China.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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July 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Emperor of Shoes, The
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 0-85730-219-1 / 978-0-85730-219-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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September 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 1-4328-5537-9 / 978-1-4328-5537-6 (USA edition)
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June 2018 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 1-335-14590-7 / 978-1-335-14590-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes: A Novel
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 1-335-00548-X / 978-1-335-00548-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Emperor Of Shoes
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 0-85730-236-1 / 978-0-85730-236-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Emperor of Shoes, The
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 0-85730-218-3 / 978-0-85730-218-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 1-5385-1643-8 / 978-1-5385-1643-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes Lib/E
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 1-5385-1641-1 / 978-1-5385-1641-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes
Author(s): Spencer Wise
ISBN: 1-5385-1642-X / 978-1-5385-1642-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio
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June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes: A Novel
Author(s): Spencer Wise
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes
Author(s): Spencer Wise
Publisher: No Exit Press
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June 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Emperor of Shoes: A Novel
Author(s): Spencer Wise
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Availability: Amazon CA