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Half a Lifelong Romance

A Novel

by Eileen Chang Author · Karen S. Kingsbury Translator


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From one of twentieth-century China's greatest writers and the author of Lust, Caution comes an unforgettable story of a love affair set in 1930s Shanghai.Manzhen is a young worker in a Shanghai factory where she meets Shijun, the son of wealthy merchants. Despite family complications, they fall in love and begin to dream of a shared life together-until circumstances force them apart. When they are reunited after many years, can they start their relationship again? Or is it destined to be the romance of only half a lifetime?This affectionate and captivating novel tells the moving story of an enduring love affair and offers a fascinating window onto Chinese life in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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Eileen Chang (Author)

Eileen Chang (1920-1995), who lived in the United States after fleeing Communist China in 1956, was a prominent fiction writer, essayist, and public intellectual. She is the author of The Rice-Sprout Song: A Novel of Modern China and The Rouge of ...

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Karen S. Kingsbury (Translator)

Karen S. Kingsbury taught and studied in Chinese-speaking cities for nearly two decades and currently lives in Pennsylvania. She has translated Love in a Fallen City and other essays and stories by Eileen Chang.

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