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Night in Shanghai

By Nicole Mones

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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.
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2014

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Format: Book
Author: Mones, Nicole
Summary: ""Nicole Mones conjures up the jazz-filled, complex, turbulent world of Shanghai just before World War II. A rich and thoroughly captivating read."--Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai's Garden Sailing to Shanghai in 1936 to lead a black jazz orchestra, Thomas Greene goes from being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, and from the classical piano pieces he was trained to play to the toe-tapping swing of the big band era. Song Yuhua is refined, educated, and 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, longs for escape, and risks her life spying on her master for the Communist Party. With Shanghai shattered by the Japanese invasion, Thomas and Song find their way to each other and forge a bond from which neither can back down in the turbulent years that follow. Torn between music and survival, freedom and commitment, love and war, they navigate the dangers leading to world war until the moment when they must cast their lots in Night in Shanghai's final, impossible choice. "-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Night in Shanghai / Nicole Mones.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Subject: Jazz musicians -- Fiction. Americans -- China -- Shanghai -- Fiction. Organized crime -- Fiction. FICTION / Historical. Shanghai (China) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780547516172 (hardback) 0547516177 (hardback)
Current Holds: 1
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: F Mones
Oclc: 854944550
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Bib Id: 502228

Format: Book
Author: Mones, Nicole.
Summary: ""Nicole Mones conjures up the jazz-filled, complex, turbulent world of Shanghai just before World War II. A rich and thoroughly captivating read."--Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai's Garden Sailing to Shanghai in 1936 to lead a black jazz orchestra, Thomas Greene goes from being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, and from the classical piano pieces he was trained to play to the toe-tapping swing of the big band era. Song Yuhua is refined, educated, and 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, longs for escape, and risks her life spying on her master for the Communist Party. With Shanghai shattered by the Japanese invasion, Thomas and Song find their way to each other and forge a bond from which neither can back down in the turbulent years that follow. Torn between music and survival, freedom and commitment, love and war, they navigate the dangers leading to world war until the moment when they must cast their lots in Night in Shanghai's final, impossible choice. "-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Night in Shanghai / Nicole Mones.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Description: 277 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Jazz musicians -- Fiction.
Subjects: Americans -- China -- Shanghai -- Fiction.
Subjects: Organized crime -- Fiction.
Subjects: FICTION / Historical.
Subjects: Shanghai (China) -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013045640
ISBN: 9780547516172 (hardback)
ISBN: 0547516177 (hardback)
Requests: 1
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: F Mones