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Author: Spencer Wise Narrator: Josh Bloomberg Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9781488204739
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part love story, part father-son fable, part dark initiation, this powerful debut novel wonderfully brings into focus the ways we are all interconnected in a complex and global world.”

    Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “One of the most complex, nuanced, character-rich first novels I have ever read…[from] a master stylist and a compelling storyteller.”

    Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Fresh and innovative…I’ve taught for more than forty years; this is the best first novel I’ve ever read.”

    David Kirby, National Book Award–nominated author

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About the Author

Spencer Wise is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has won the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction, and his work has appeared in Narrative magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Florida Review, and New Ohio Review. He teaches at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee.

About the Narrator

Josh Bloomberg, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a trained professional actor with extensive audiobook experience as a director and narrator. Having worked with some of the biggest publishers in the audiobook industry, he is used to performing at high standards. He speaks English, French, and Hebrew fluently and is a member of the Audio Publishers Association. He also records his voice for commercial spots and other types of voice-over. In his spare time, he loves making homemade almond milk.