The Last Rose of Shanghai: A Novel

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The Last Rose of Shanghai: A Novel
Author: Dai Randel, Weina
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1940
Geographic Area: Asia
Country: China
Topics: WWII, Jewish Immigration
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2021

World History > Modern Age > WWII

In Japanese-occupied Shanghai, two people from different cultures are drawn together by fate and the freedom of music.

1940. Aiyi Shao is a young heiress and the owner of a formerly popular and glamorous Shanghai nightclub. Ernest Reismann is a penniless Jewish refugee driven out of Germany, an outsider searching for shelter in a city wary of strangers. He loses nearly all hope until he crosses paths with Aiyi. When she hires Ernest to play piano at her club, her defiance of custom causes a sensation. His instant fame makes Aiyi’s club once again the hottest spot in Shanghai. Soon they realize they share more than a passion for jazz―but their differences seem insurmountable, and Aiyi is engaged to another man.

As the war escalates, Aiyi and Ernest find themselves torn apart, and their choices between love and survival grow more desperate. In the face of overwhelming odds, a chain of events is set in motion that will change both their lives forever.

From the electrifying jazz clubs to the impoverished streets of a city under siege, The Last Rose of Shanghai is a timeless, sweeping story of love and redemption.

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