The Red Thread

The Red Thread

A Love Story

Book - 2000
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Grand Central Pub
A seductive literary love story set in contemporary Shanghai, The Red Thread intertwines the lives of two pairs of lovers across the centuries. Shen, a young, American-educated appraiser in a Shanghai auction house, is captivated by Ruth, a self-possessed Australian artist who happens into one of his auctions. As they fall in love, Shen finds that their lives are strangely mirrored by those of the characters in a rare Chinese manuscript that is nearly two hundred years old, and of which the last two chapters have never been found. Shen's search for the final chapters goes from one of curiosity to one of desperation when he realizes that the future of their relationship, and the prognosis for Ruth's failing health, seem to be foretold in the missing pages. Interwoven in the novel and presented in red type are passages from the actual nineteenth century memoirSix Chapters of a Floating Life that illuminate the lovers' parallel lives. An elegant and multilayered novel, drawing comparisons withMemoirs of a Geisha and The English Patient, The Red Thread is evocative, moving, and unforgettable.

Baker & Taylor
When Shen, an American-educated appraiser at a Shanghai auction house, falls in love with Ruth, an Australian artist, he discovers that their present-day situation strangely mirrors the lives of characters in a rare, two-hundred-year-old Chinese manuscript of which the final two chapters are missing.

Blackwell North Amer
Shen is a young, American-educated appraiser for an auction house. Ruth is a gifted Australian artist he meets, it seems, by chance. And Han is a beautiful, enigmatic woman who both facilitates and complicates their relationship. Yet all three lives mysteriously mirror characters described in a rare, eighteenth-century book that comes up for auction - a book that is missing its final chapters. As the characters in the original tale move toward an ominous, unknown end, Shen's search for the missing pages goes from curiosity to desperation as he hopes to discover - and perhaps alter - his fated future with Ruth.

Hachette Book Group
A seductive literary love story set in contemporary Shanghai, The Red Thread intertwines the lives of two pairs of lovers across the centuries. Shen, a young, American-educated appraiser in a Shanghai auction house, is captivated by Ruth, a self-possessed Australian artist who happens into one of his auctions. As they fall in love, Shen finds that their lives are strangely mirrored by those of the characters in a rare Chinese manuscript that is nearly two hundred years old, and of which the last two chapters have never been found. Shen's search for the final chapters goes from one of curiosity to one of desperation when he realizes that the future of their relationship, and the prognosis for Ruth's failing health, seem to be foretold in the missing pages. Interwoven in the novel and presented in red type are passages from the actual nineteenth century memoir Six Chapters of a Floating Life that illuminate the lovers' parallel lives. An elegant and multilayered novel, drawing comparisons with Memoirs of a Geisha and The English Patient, The Red Thread is evocative, moving, and unforgettable.

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, c2000
ISBN: 9780811829519
0811829510
Branch Call Number: F JOS
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 21 cm

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