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14 May 2024
"""I think love is when you think you need someone

for your survival. Survival, defined broadly.""

""The way you think, sometimes . . .""

""The way I think, what?""

""It . . . surprises me. Yoko, we need each other. Family - family is all we have.""

'Smart, tender, and lyrical-SHANGHAILANDERS is a moving debut novel, and one that never stops surprising the reader . . . This is the kind of book I wish I'd read when I first was learning to write.' Jiaming Tang

While the years rewind from 2040 back to 2014, Shanghailanders brings readers into the shared and separate lives of the Yang family, parent by parent, daughter by daughter, and through the eyes of the people in their orbit-a nanny from the provinces, a private driver with a penchant for danger, and a grandmother whose memories of the past echo the present. As they build their lives in this old, futuristic city, we see Leo, his wife Eko and their daughters Yumi, Yoko and Kiko trip over their own desires in their bids to connect with one another, in their attempts to be a family.

Though the world shifts and brings change for each of the Yangs, universal constants remain: love is complex and family will always be stubbornly connected by blood, secrets, and longing.

Dazzlingly constructed and achingly resonant, Shanghailanders is an unforgettable exploration of everything that follows 'happily ever after'-and the ways a family makes and remakes itself across the years.

'A wonderful and wildly smart and compelling book. If Shanghai is the future, this terrific novel knows it all.' Joan Silber"
Imprint:   DIALOGUE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9780349704081
ISBN 10:   0349704082
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Juli Min is the editor-in-chief and fiction editor of the Shanghai Literary Review. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in New Jersey. Min attended Phillips Academy Andover and Harvard University, where she studied Russian and comparative literature. She holds an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College.

Reviews for Shanghailanders

Shanghailanders is a wonderful, wildly smart and compelling book. If Shanghai is the future, this terrific novel knows it all. We follow a glorious cluster of characters as they trip over their own longings, in this fiction of real astuteness. * Joan Silber, author of Secrets of Happiness * Bracing, thrilling, and breathtakingly smart, Shanghailanders is more than a spectacular debut - it offers a new way of seeing. Not just of Shanghai, but France, Japan, America, and every last corner of its characters' minds. Every page is a new discovery, but the book's best is Juli Min herself. Absolutely extraordinary. * Liam Callanan, author of Paris by the Book * Lyrical and haunting, SHANGHAILANDERS explores the enduring mysteries of family. With its inventive structure-the years spooling in reverse, told through rotating perspectives-Juli Min movingly portrays the Yangs and their many seasons of love and loss in a metropolis that perpetually rises, falls, and emerges from the ashes. An extraordinary debut. * Vanessa Hua, author of Forbidden City * Marvellous * Laura Zigman, author of Small World * Tender, atmospheric, and wholly captivating, Shanghailanders captures la douleur exquise of family through the shifting, shimmering lives of the beguiling Yang sisters and their enigmatic parents. Juli Min has established herself as a sharp chronicler of contemporary China-and of the ever-complicated matters of the heart. * Kirsten Chen, New York Times’ bestselling author of Counterfeit *

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