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The Afterlife of Emerson Tang

A Novel
Champa, Paula (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 2 stars out of 5.
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A beloved car becomes a piece of us—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 collector—of art and experience—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 Emerson’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 grandfather’s legacy. These four become unlikely adventurers, united in their aim to reunite the Beacon’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 century—to modernism, fascism, and industrialism, to Manhattan, a German zeppelin, a famed concours in Pebble Beach, and a road race in Italy—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 dear—including that grand contraption, the automobile—can be made new again.

A driving, panoramic novel of four strangers whose personal struggles with grief become interconnected through their quest to reunite the body and engine of a vintage car.

Baker & Taylor
When his 1954 Beacon, a beloved car and piece of history, is compromised, New England scion Emerson Tang finds his life interconnected with several strangers through their mutual quest to reunite the Beacon's body with its engine.

Baker
& Taylor

When his 1954 Beacon, a beloved car and piece of history, is compromised, New England scion Emerson Tang finds his life interconnected with several strangers through their mutual quest to reunite the Beacon's body with its engine. 25,000 first printing.

Authors: Champa, Paula
Statement of Responsibility: Paula Champa
Title: The afterlife of Emerson Tang
a novel
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject Headings: Women archivists Fiction Collectors and collecting Fiction
Topical Term: Women archivists
Collectors and collecting
LCCN: 2012014030
ISBN: 9780547792781
0547792786
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Research Call Number: JFD 13-2386
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