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Los Angeles Review of Books

Winner of 17 literary and design awards including
Rubery Book Award BOOK OF THE YEAR and
IAN Independent Author Network OUTSTANDING MEMOIR


True stories of glamour, drama, and tragedy told through five generations of a Shanghai family, from the last days of imperial rule to the Cultural Revolution.

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. Meanwhile, the family she has left behind struggles to survive, only to have their world shattered by the Cultural Revolution. Isabel 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 pleasure palaces and underworld crime bosses.

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

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Engaging and entertaining.
South China Morning Post
Absolutely gorgeous.
Asia Literary Review
Hong Kong Review of Books

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Sparkling prose and enthralling stories catapult you into the inner life and doings of Shanghai’s cultured classes.
— Helen Zia, Last Boat Out of Shanghai
An amazing family history.
— Nelly Fung, Beneath the Banyan Tree
Mesmerizing stories; magnificent language.
— Betty Peh-T’i Wei, PhD, Old Shanghai
This elegant family memoir transforms, transfixes, and educates.
— Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, Midnight in Broad Daylight