"Compelling, sexy, and richly textured." --Marisa Silver, author of "Mary Coin"
"With a magician's sleight of hand, 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" and "A Hundred Flowers"
Sailing to Shanghai in 1936, Thomas Greene goes from playing classical piano for pennies in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with his own servants, the leader of a black jazz orchestra. Song Yuhua has been bonded since age eighteen to Shanghai's toughest crime boss, but risks her life spying on him for the Communist Party. With Shanghai shattered by the Japanese invasion, Thomas and Song find one another and forge a bond neither can deny. Torn between music and survival, freedom and commitment, love and war, they navigate the city's growing dangers until the moment when they must cast their lots in "Night in Shanghai"'s final, impossible choice.
"I loved "Night in Shanghai." I held hope for the characters even after I finished, I was so deeply connected to them--to me, the sign of a great book." --Ben Harper, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter