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The Painter from Shanghai: A Novel

 
 
 
 
The Painter from Shanghai: A Novel
Author: Jennifer Cody Epstein
ISBN 13: 9780393065282
ISBN 10: 393065286
Edition: N/A
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2008-03-31
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
List Price: $24.95
 
 

Reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha, a re-imagining of the life of Pan Yuliang and her transformation from prostitute to post-Impressionist.

The New York Times - Sarah Towers

In this age of memoir and thinly veiled autobiographical fiction, writers who take high dives into deeply imagined waters have become increasingly rare—and valuable. What a pleasure, then, to discover that Jennifer Cody Epstein, whose luminous first novel, The Painter from Shanghai, is based on the actual life of Pan Yuliang, a former child prostitute turned celebrated painter, also happens to be one such writer…In an epigraph, Epstein quotes the English painter John Sloane, who wrote that "though a living cannot be made at art, art makes life worth living. It makes starving, living." In the end, this is precisely what Epstein illustrates in her moving characterization of Pan Yuliang…