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by Nicole Mones

A new novel by the author of The Last Chinese Chef, a love story between a black musician and a gangster's translator set against Shanghai’s dazzling jazz age and the looming menace of World War II, and "a rich and thoroughly captivating read." (Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai’s Garden)


"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


Nicole Mones's Recipe:
Beggar's Chicken from Chef Alex Ong

Nicole Mones's Website

Nicole Mones's Guest Author Blog:
Jazz, War, and the Holocaust Collide in 1930s China

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50 copies of Night in Shanghai will be given away. One entry per person.
You must be a resident of the U.S. and 18 years or older to enter.
Entry Deadline: May 1, 2014

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