“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 of The Orphan Master’s Son
— ROBERT OLEN BUTLER, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
— JULIANNA BAGGOTT, National Best-Selling Author
— BETHANY BALL, New York Times Editors' Choice author of What to Do About the Solomons
fiction that starts with Bellow and Roth… This is the best first novel I’ve ever read.”
— DAVID KIRBY, National Book Award–nominated author of The House on Boulevard St.
— Louisa Ermelino, Director, Adult Books, Publishers Weekly
"A boisterous debut, Spencer Wise’s The Emperor of Shoes keenly evokes the contradictions of a rapidly evolving China: the ugliness and the beauty; the cynicism and the passion; the absurdity and the tragedy."
— Molly Patterson, author of Rebellion