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Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels

A high position bestowed by China’s empress dowager grants power and wealth to the Sun family. For Isabel, growing up in glamorous 1930s and ’40s Shanghai, it is a life of utmost privilege. But while her scholar father and fashionable mother shelter her from civil war and Japanese occupation, they cannot shield the family forever.

When Mao comes to power, eighteen-year-old Isabel journeys to Hong Kong, not realizing that she will make it her home ― and that she will never see her father again. She returns to Shanghai fifty years later with her daughter, Claire, to confront their family’s past ― one they discover is filled with love and betrayal, kidnappers and concubines, glittering palaces and underworld crime bosses.

Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Remembering Shanghai follows five generations from a hardscrabble village to the bright lights of Hong Kong. By turns harrowing and heartwarming, this vivid memoir explores identity, loss and redemption against an epic backdrop.

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Product Details

Recommended Age Adults
Author Isabel Sun Chao, Claire Chao
ISBN 195485403X
Publication Date Oct 19, 2021
Publisher Girl Friday Books
Language English