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The Last Rose of Shanghai: A Novel by [Weina Dai Randel]
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The Last Rose of Shanghai is unlike any WWII-era novel I’ve read before. Set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, it brings to life the little-known history of Jewish refugees desperately seeking shelter in the city. Had Shanghai not taken in nearly twenty thousand Jews, an untold number of them may not have survived the war.

It’s against this backdrop that we see a heart-wrenching love story play out. Aiyi, a wealthy young Chinese woman, and Ernest, a Jewish jazz pianist, fall hopelessly in love. The stakes couldn’t be higher. From vastly different backgrounds, they must hide their relationship from their families and the authorities. As the horrors of war close in on them, they find themselves trapped—both by their respective cultures and by their enemies.

Desperate to survive, they have to make impossible choices. No matter what Aiyi and Ernest choose, there will be loss. But what I love most about The Last Rose of Shanghai is that we also see what they gain as they fight for survival. We see their hope—not just to reunite, but for a better world. As I watched Aiyi and Ernest withstand doubt and despair, I ached for them and for Shanghai, the city that opened its arms to refugees when they had nowhere else to go.

—Jodi Warshaw, Editor

About the Author

Weina Dai Randel is the award-winning author of the novels The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon, a historical duology about Wu Zetian, China's only female emperor. The Moon in the Palace won the RWA RITA Award in 2017, and the series has been translated into seven languages and sold worldwide. Born in China, Weina came to the United States at twenty-four. She holds an MA in English from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, and has worked as the subject-matter expert for Southern New Hampshire University's online MFA program and as an adjunct professor for Eastfield College. Interviews with Weina have appeared on WFAA's Good Morning Texas as well as in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, RT Book Reviews, and BooksbyWomen.org. She lives in Texas with her loving husband and two children. For more information visit www.weinarandel.com.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08YYY8ZNX
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lake Union Publishing (1 December 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4612 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 429 pages
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WEINA DAI RANDEL is the award-winning author of historical novel series The Empress of Bright Moon, historical novels about the first female emperor Wu Zetian in China. The first novel, The Moon in the Palace, was the winner of RWA RITA® Award in 2017, Goodreads Choice Awards nominee and a RT Book Reviewers Choice Award nominee. It was called one of the “most beautifully written, impeccably researched and well-constructed historical fiction novels released this year” by Book Reporter, named as one of the Biggest Historical Fiction books of 2016 by Bookbub, and recommended by Texas Library Association’s 2017 Lariat Reading List.

The two novels have been translated into 7 languages and sold worldwide.

Weina was born and raised in China. English is her second language. She first studied English in middle school in China and came to the U.S. at the age of twenty-four. She holds an M.A. in English from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. It took her ten years to research and write The Moon in the Palace. Find more about Weina on her website: www.weinarandel.com

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