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Short Synopsis
Award-winning author Nicole Mones's latest novel on the Chinese jazz age, forbidden love, and Holocaust heroism.

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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.

"Zeller capably handles the Chinese words that appear throughout Song Yuhua's chapters, giving authenticity to the narration." ---AudioFile

"Narrator Emily Woo Zeller captures a wide array of accents; each of her quotes are spirited and genuine." ---Library Journal Audio Review

"Keeps the suspense mounting until the end." ---Kirkus

"Historical fiction fans will not be disappointed." ---Library Journal

"Mones' engrossing historical novel illuminates the danger, depravity, and drama of this dark period with brave authenticity." ---Booklist

Night in Shanghai

Author Nicole Mones

Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

Publication date May 6, 2014

Running time 10 hrs

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