River East, River West

River East, River West

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 25/01/2024
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River East, River West
Utterly Brilliant
In River East, River West, we are given a window into the lives of Alva, a fourteen-year old American/Chinese girl struggling to thrive in Shanghai (2007)... READ MORE
Jen Mackay at Windsor
River East, River West
Very strong debut
This is a book that ends a lot more strongly than it begins. At first I found the characters quite irritating and the plot juvenile, the writing/editing su... READ MORE
Sean Farrell


A mesmerising reversal of the east–west immigrant narrative set against China’s economic boom, River East, River West is a deeply moving exploration of race, identity and family, of capitalism’s false promise and private dreams.

Shanghai, 2007: feeling betrayed by her American mother’s engagement to their rich landlord Lu Fang, fourteen-year-old Alva begins plotting her escape. But the exclusive American School – a potential ticket out – is not what she imagined.

Qingdao, 1985: newlywed Lu Fang works as a lowly shipping clerk. Though he aspires to a bright future, he is one of many casualties of harsh political reforms. Then China opens up to foreigners and capital, and Lu Fang meets a woman who makes him question what he should settle for...

  • Publisher: Duckworth Books
  • ISBN: 9780715655399
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm

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River East, River West
A beautiful and emotional debut!
Not to jump the gun (as we're only in January) but I have a feeling this might become one of my favorite books of the year! Set between Shanghai in the ear... READ MORE
River East, River West
Well-written story of several generations in China
I enjoyed this book very much. That is odd to say when the novel's essence is bleak. However, Aube Rey Lescue's writing is so effortlessly beautiful that i... READ MORE
Elizabeth  Baker
River East, River West
Excellent debut novel
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though are parts that are really quite hard to digest. The story of Sloan, her daughter Alva and Lu Fang is set in S... READ MORE
River East, River West
A great debut, will be watching to see whats bect
I have literally just finished this book this morning, I put it down at 1.30 am as I was beginning to fall asleep, but I woke up at 5 am and picked it up t... READ MORE
Jacqueline Sharp
River East, River West
Ambitious Debut
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy. This is a very ambitious debut which simply ensures that I am now going to be on the look out for their ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp