River East, River West : an unmissable coming-of-age story from a dazzling new voice


by Rey Lescure, Aube | Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Published 25/01/2024 by Duckworth Books (Duckworth) in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 352 pages

ISBN: 9780715655399 Category:


A mesmerising reversal of the east–west immigrant narrative set against China’s economic boom, River East, River West is a deeply moving exploration of race, identity and family, of capitalism’s false promise and private dreams. Shanghai, 2007: feeling betrayed by her American mother’s engagement to their rich landlord Lu Fang, fourteen-year-old Alva begins plotting her escape. But the exclusive American School – a potential ticket out – is not what she imagined.

Qingdao, 1985: newlywed Lu Fang works as a lowly shipping clerk. Though he aspires to a bright future, he is one of many casualties of harsh political reforms. Then China opens up to foreigners and capital, and Lu Fang meets a woman who makes him question what he should settle for…

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