Prize-winning writer Nicole Mones, author of the celebrated The Last Chinese Chef and Lost in Translation (not the Bill Murray movie!), has published a new novel, this one set in Shanghai in 1936. Song Yuhua is a refined young woman, bonded to Shanghai’s biggest crime boss as repayment for her father’s gambling debts. Thomas Greene is the leader of a black jazz band, freshly arrived in Shanghai after living in segregated poverty in Baltimore. Their budding romance coincides with the Japanese invasion of the city, forcing them into difficult choices in times of war. Promises rich reading for book groups and the historically curious.
Night in Shanghai – Nicole Mones – Fourth Estate – TP – $30