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The years before the war forced everyone in Shanghai to choose: Nationalists or Communists? Resist the Japanese invaders or collaborate with them?
-- Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones. Great beginning for setting the scene in pre-WWII Shanghai. But it doesn't hint at the terrific premise, which is how black American jazz musicians expatriated to Shanghai in the 1930s to avoid prejudice in the US.
Mones put meticulous research into this sliver of fascinating history. But the historical details never bog down the exciting, sexy story of an American pianist falling in love with a Chinese spy. Great stuff!
Night in Shanghai is the fourth novel by Nicole Mones, following Lost in Translation, A Cup of Light, and The Last Chinese Chef.