The Afterlife of Emerson Tang

The Afterlife of Emerson Tang

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A beloved car becomes a piece of usa€”a 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 collectora€”of art and experiencea€”Emerson 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 Emersona€™s 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 grandfathera€™s legacy. These four become unlikely adventurers, united in their aim to reunite the Beacona€™s 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 centurya€”to modernism, fascism, and industrialism, to Manhattan, a German zeppelin, a famed concours in Pebble Beach, and a road race in Italya€”The 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 deara€”including that grand contraption, the automobilea€”can 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. a€œWhen we met in germany, I told you that I wished someone was there with me, a€ Ianbsp;...

Title:The Afterlife of Emerson Tang
Author:Paula Champa
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2013-03-12


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