Night in Shanghai

Night in Shanghai

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In 1936, classical pianist Thomas Greene is recruited to Shanghai to lead a jazz orchestra of fellow African-American expats. From being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, he becomes the toast of a city obsessed with music, money, pleasure and power, even as it ignores the rising winds of war. Song Yuhua is refined and educated, and has been bonded since age eighteen to Shanghai s most powerful crime boss in payment for her father s gambling debts. Outwardly submissive, she burns with rage and risks her life spying on her master for the Communist Party. Only when Shanghai is shattered by the Japanese invasion do Song and Thomas find their way to each other. Though their union is forbidden, neither can back down from it in the turbulent years of occupation and resistance that follow. Torn between music and survival, freedom and commitment, love and world war, they are borne on an irresistible riff of melody and improvisation to "Night in Shanghai" s final, impossible choice. In this stunningly researched novel, Nicole Mones not only tells the forgotten story of black musicians in the Chinese jazz age, but also weaves in a startling true tale of Holocaust heroism little-known in the West. View the Trailer: www.nicolemones.com "
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Product details

  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 32mm | 519.99g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 0547516177
  • 9780547516172
  • 699,197

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"Based on true episodes and peppered with the lives and experiences of actual characters from the worlds of politics, music, the military, and the government, Mones' engrossing historical novel illuminates the danger, depravity, and drama of this dark period with brave authenticity."
- Carol Haggas, Booklist
"Every page in Mones' compelling, sexy and richly textured novel reveals some custom, some costume, some trick of language that exposes a fascinating moment in history-the Japanese invasion of Shanghai on the eve of World War II. Mones weaves the multiple strands of her story much the way themes and melodies are woven into the jazz her protagonist plays, with subtle and suggestive undertones of human greed, power, and passion."
- Marisa Silver , author of Mary Coin
"With a magician's sleight of hand, Nicole Mones conjures up the jazz-filled, complex, turbulent world of Shanghai just before World War II. Mones has recreated a feast for the senses, transporting us to the rich, decadent city in which the lives and loves of expatriate musicians intertwine with the growing tensions between the Communist Party and the Nationalist Party, while the ominous threats from the Japanese stir the winds of war. A rich and thoroughly captivating read." - Gail Tsukiyama , author of The Samurai's Garden and A Hundred Flower
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""Night in Shanghai", an intelligent historical romance, shows off with forceful insight, terrific characters, and a telling sense of detail. And, folks, it swings."
"--"Alan Cheuse, NPR

"Based on true episodes and peppered with the lives and experiences of actual characters from the worlds of politics, music, the military, and the government, Mones' engrossing historical novel illuminates the danger, depravity, and drama of this dark period with brave authenticity."
"--"Carol Haggas, "Booklist" "Every page in Mones' compelling, sexy and richly textured novel reveals some custom, some costume, some trick of language that exposes a fascinating moment in history-the Japanese invasion of Shanghai on the eve of World War II. Mones weaves the multiple strands of her story much the way themes and melodies are woven into the jazz her protagonist plays, with subtle and suggestive undertones of human greed, power, and passion."
--Marisa Silver, author of "Mary Coin

""With a magician's sleight of hand, Nicole Mones conjures up the jazz-filled, complex, turbulent world of Shanghai just before World War II. Mones has recreated a feast for the senses, transporting us to the rich, decadent city in which the lives and loves of expatriate musicians intertwine with the growing tensions between the Communist Party and the Nationalist Party, while the ominous threats from the Japanese stir the winds of war. A rich and thoroughly captivating read."
--Gail Tsukiyama, author of "The Samurai's Garden" and "A Hundred Flower"
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899 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 18% (164)
4 38% (346)
3 33% (299)
2 8% (76)
1 2% (14)
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