‘Age, no problem! Gender, no problem. Constellation, no problem. Body, sex, race, all no fucking problem. Feeling, you know! Feeling! That is everything.’
Shanghai Boy explores fathers and sons, passion and Shanghai. A leathery old dad is slowly dying of cancer in New Zealand. His son, who has just hit fifty, falls fiercely in love with a young man, one of his students, at a university in China. The young man goes missing. The old dad dies. Has there been a murder? Two murders? Shanghai increasingly takes centre stage: a pulsing city of crowded streets and clouding smog; motley smells and mindless noise; a complex and contradictory place that leaves the middle-aged son both horrified and aroused. Shanghai Boy is the first novel by any New Zealand writer to focus on the lives of ordinary people in contemporary China.
Ian Williams: 'A family saga, thriller, travelogue, love story and an education, Shanghai Boy is definitely value for money.'
Iain Sharp: 'There are continual reminders in Shanghai Boy of Eldred-Grigg’s exceptional gifts as a writer.'
Warwick Roger: 'Shanghai Boy could be New Zealand’s most explicit gay novel.'
Random House, Auckland 2006
ISBN-13: 978-1-86941-793-2ISBN-10: 1-86941-793-3