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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 ailing son of a prominent New England family, that car is a 1954 Beacon.

​A collector of art and experience, Emerson keeps his prized sportscar safely stored away. But when he and his caretaker are approached by a secretive French painter determined to buy it at any cost, they discover that the car has been compromised, and its importance reaches far beyond Emerson’s own history. 


Released 2013  |  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt












From the Royalton Hotel in Manhattan to a Zeppelin in southern Germany, to the Pebble Beach Concours and a modern art museum in Copenhagen, The Afterlife of Emerson Tang is a fast-paced ride through interlocking cultural histories, reflecting on Modernist art and architecture, and the potential future of the automobile.


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