A beloved car becomes a piece of usaa way back into our histories or forward into our destinies. For Emerson Tang, the only son of a prominent New England family, that car is a 1954 Beacon. A collectoraof art and experienceaEmerson keeps his prized possession safely stored away. But when his health begins to fail, his archivist and caretaker is approached by a secretive French painter determined to buy the Beacon at any cost. They discover that the Beacon has been compromised and that its importance reaches far beyond Emersonas own history. Soon they run into another who shares their obsession: the heir to the ruined Beacon Motor Company, who is determined to restore his grandfatheras legacy. These four become unlikely adventurers, united in their aim to reunite the Beaconas original body and engine, pitted against one another in their quest to claim it. Each new clue takes one closer to triumph, but also takes these characters, each grieving a deep loss, toward finding missing pieces of their own lives. A fast-paced ride through the twentieth centuryato modernism, fascism, and industrialism, to Manhattan, a German zeppelin, a famed concours in Pebble Beach, and a road race in ItalyaThe Afterlife of Emerson Tang takes us deep into our complicated automotive romance. A novel of strangers connected across time, through a car that is so much more than a car, it asks us what should be preserved, what memories to trust, and whether or not some of the legacies we hold most dearaincluding that grand contraption, the automobileacan be made new again.A dinner that wasna#39;t heated in Emersona#39;s microwave. Miguela#39;s comment about his grandfather called to mind something hea#39;d said to me at the beacon party. aWhen we met in germany, I told you that I wished someone was there with me, a Ianbsp;...
|Title||:||The Afterlife of Emerson Tang|
|Publisher||:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2013-03-12|