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The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai: A Novel [Paperback]

Item : The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai: A Novel [Paperback]
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Author Author : Xu, Ruiyan
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0312614152
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780312614157
Publisher Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
Pages Pages : 368
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 102462900

Li Jing, a happily married businessman, is dining at a grand hotel in Shanghai when a gas explosion rips through the building. A shard of glass pierces Jing's forehead, obliterating his ability to speak Chinese. He can form only faltering phrases in the English he spoke as a child in Virginia, leaving him unable to communicate with his wife, Meiling, or their young son. Desperate, the family turns to an American neurologist, Rosalyn Neal, who finds herself as lost as Jing--whom she calls James--in this bewitching city, where the two form a bond that Meiling does not need a translator to understand.

With gorgeous prose and a dazzling sense of place,The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghaiintroduces a brilliant storyteller, who shows us the power of language in both our public and our private relationships.

Li Jing, a happily married businessman, is dining at a grand hotel in Shanghai when a gas explosion rips through the building. A shard of glass pierces Jing's forehead, obliterating his ability to speak Chinese. He can form only faltering phrases in the English he spoke as a child in Virginia, leaving him unable to communicate with his wife, Meiling, or their young son. Desperate, the family turns to an American neurologist, Rosalyn Neal, who finds herself as lost as Jing--whom she calls James--in this bewitching city, where the two form a bond that Meiling does not need a translator to understand.

With gorgeous prose and a dazzling sense of place,The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghaiintroduces a brilliant storyteller, who shows us the power of language in both our public and our private relationships.

From the explosion of its first pages to the searing emotion of its last,The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghaiis a novel that burns with the heat of clashing cultures and love transformed. Ruiyan Xu is a wonderful writer with a perfect ear for both the words and the silences that define us. Peterl³.

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