Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 09/05/2024
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'Every chapter is a revelation '
This extraordinary novel is created from multiple viewpoints of the family members, and others whose lives are drawn into their tangle of love, ambition, j... READ MORE
Vicki  Sagar
Original and moving
This is a highly original and moving novel that reads almost as a series of short stories. It follows the lives of a Japanese-Chinese-French family ove... READ MORE
Sean Farrell


'The future contained in the past, the past contained in the future . . .'

2040: Leo Yang - handsome, distinguished, a real Shanghai man - is on the train back to the city after seeing his family off at the airport. His wife, Eko, and their two eldest children, Yumi and Yoko, are headed for Boston, though one daughter's revelation will soon reroute them to Paris.

2039: Kiko, their youngest daughter and an aspiring actress, decides to pursue fame at any cost, like her icon Marilyn Monroe.

2038: Yumi comes to Yoko in need, after a college-dorm situation at Harvard goes disastrously wrong.

As the years rewind to 2014, Shanghailanders brings readers into the shared and separate lives of the Yang family parent by parent, daughter by daughter, and through the eyes of those in their orbit. Through the speed, technology and history of this old, futuristic city, we catch glimpses of an uncertain, unknowable future.

Whatever may change, universal constants remain: love is complex, life is not fair and family will always be stubbornly connected by blood, secrets and longing. Brilliantly constructed and achingly resonant, Shanghailanders is a mesmerising exploration of marriage, relationships and the layered experience of time.

  • Publisher: Dialogue
  • ISBN: 9780349704074
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 520g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 30 mm

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An interesting and ambitious debut..
The novel follows a multinational Shanghai family backward in time, beginning in 2040 and moving through time until now. Even though the story feels lik... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Good Writing but with Several Caveats
2.75/5⭐️ This debut was a hard one for me to rate. Centering around the seemingly perfect, wealthy Shanghai Lang family of 5 (parents Leo and Eko; d... READ MORE
A very human story captivatingly written
Brilliant and compelling. The writing is beautiful. The structure of time unspooling backwards all the while illuminating the inevitability of the family's... READ MORE
Desmond Carbery
A Unique and Intriguing Debut
A dazzling debut for Juli Min. Shanghailanders has such a unique plot that it stands out in Contemporary fiction, yet is written in a smart, simplistic way... READ MORE
Megan Rose