Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
THE LOST AND FORGOTTEN LANGUAGES OF SHANGHAI by Ruiyan Xu
(6 September 2010 – Paperback,
12 October 2010 – Hardback)
Synopsis: Li Jing, a high-flying financier, has just joined his father for dinner at the grand Swan Hotel in central Shanghai when, without warning, the ground begins to rumble. It shifts like a pre-historic animal, then explodes in a roar of hot, unfurling air. As Li Jing drags his unconscious father out of the collapsing building, a single shard of glass whistles through the air and neatly pierces his forehead. In an instant, Li Jing’s ability to speak Chinese is obliterated. After weeks in hospital, all that emerge from his mouth are unsteady phrases of the English he spoke as a child growing up in Virginia. His wife, Zhou Meiling, whom he courted with beautiful words, finds herself on the other side of an abyss, unable to communicate with her husband and struggling to put on a brave face – for the sake of Li Jing’s floundering company, and for their son, Pang Pang. A neurologist who specialises in Li Jing’s condition – bilingual aphasia – arrives from the US to work with Li Jing, to coax language back onto his tongue. Rosalyn Neal is red-haired, open-hearted, recently divorced, and as lost as Li Jing in this bewitching, bewildering city. As doctor and patient sit together, sharing their loneliness along with their faltering words, feelings neither of them anticipated begin to take hold. Feelings Meiling does not need a translator to understand. A sensitive exploration of the power of words and of silence, “The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai” is a wonderfully evocative debut about love and language, duty and passion, in a vibrant modern city. (The Book Depository)
I just love the cover of the hardback (right) but don’t think I can wait until October, so the paperback will do for me this time! The Book Depository have both available now for pre-order.