Night in Shanghai

Product Number: EB00055267
Released: Mar 04, 2014
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ISBN: #9780547517728
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This novel of an American musician caught up in the dangers of 1930s China is "historical fiction at its best" (Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered). In 1936, classical pianist Thomas Greene is recruited to Shanghai to lead a jazz orchestra of fellow African American expats. After being flat broke in segregated Baltimore, he is now living in a mansion with servants of his own, 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. This stunningly researched novel that "keeps the suspense mounting until the end" 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 (Kirkus Reviews).

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Author(s): Nicole Mones
Original Publish Date: Mar 04, 2014

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Author(s): Nicole Mones
Narrator(s): Emily Woo Zeller
Product Number DD12186
Released: May 06, 2014
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494501617
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Author(s): Nicole Mones
Narrator(s): Emily Woo Zeller
Product Number Z100100334
Released: Jul 20, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494521615

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