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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

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Praise for The Last Rose of Shanghai

“Fans of sweeping, dramatic WWII epics that are rich in historical detail, such as Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls or Paullina Simons’s The Bronze Horseman will be enthralled.” Booklist

“Weina Dai Randel’s novel deserves a place of distinction among WWII fiction.” ―Historical Novel Society

The Last Rose of Shanghai is a powerful story of the relationship between a Shanghai heiress and a Jewish refugee, set against the backdrop of a nightclub in China on the eve of the Second World War. Weina Dai Randel skillfully shines a light on a little-known moment in history through the lens of two vividly drawn characters whose unique and unexpected relationship is one readers will never forget.” ―Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star

“Set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, this is an unforgettable, page-turning tale of an impossible affair between lovers from two cultures. Randel casts an unflinching eye at the horrors of wartime Shanghai, where refugees starve while the wealthy and privileged continue to drink and dance, and where daily threats of danger and death only serve to fan forbidden passions to a blazing climax.” ―Janie Chang, bestselling author of Dragon Springs Road and The Library of Legends

The Last Rose of Shanghai vividly depicts the clash of East and West as Jewish refugees flee Hitler’s Berlin for faraway Shanghai, where they struggle to survive amid the uneasy coexistence of Chinese magnates and Japanese invaders. Sophisticated heiress Aiyi knows she is taking a risk when she hires Jewish pianist Ernest to play jazz in her nightclub, but she has no idea she will be risking her heart, her family, and everything she holds dear as forbidden love blossoms and Japan’s hold on her beloved home city tightens. Weina Dai Randel’s poignant, sweeping love story paints a vibrant portrait of a little-known slice of World War II history. Not to be missed!” ―Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code and The Huntress

“A sweeping novel that transports readers to 1940s Shanghai, The Last Rose of Shanghai is a must-read for historical fiction lovers. Filled with page-turning suspense and a poignant and unforgettable love story, Weina Dai Randel wholly immerses the reader in this richly detailed and powerfully drawn story.” ―Chanel Cleeton, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Set against a panorama so vivid you can almost hear the jazz in Aiyi Shao’s nightclub, Weina Dai Randel brings to life fascinating WWII history new to me and, I imagine, countless other readers. The story of a well-born entrepreneur and the German-Jewish refugee she loves will stay with you long after The Last Rose of Shanghai ends.” ―Sally Koslow, author of Another Side of Paradise

“In a novel that spans time, space, and culture, The Last Rose of Shanghai is a riveting story of love, heartbreak, and redemption. The smoky night clubs, jazz bars, luxury hotels, family compounds, and refugee settlements of Japanese-occupied Shanghai provide a fascinating background to the lives of those caught in the crossfires of war. Weina Dai Randel is a skilled artist, giving the reader well drawn characters of great depth, complexity, and heart. In the WWII genre, within the genre of historical fiction, The Last Rose of Shanghai stands out for its boldness and originality.” ―Erika Robuck, bestselling author of The Invisible Woman

Praise for The Moon in the Palace

“A must for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China’s glorious past.” Library Journal (starred review)

“A very successful and transporting novel that beautifully captures the sounds, smells, and social mores of seventh-century China.” Historical Novels Review (Editors’ Choice)

The Moon in the Palace depicts Empress Wu’s sharp, persistent spirit but does not neglect to make her believably naive and vulnerable, an untried girl among ruthless women. The intrigue and machinations of the imperial court come to life under her hand, a vast and dangerous engine with each piece moving for its own reasons.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“A full-immersion, compulsively readable tale that rivals both Anchee Min’s Empress Orchid (2004), about the dowager empress Cixi, and the multilayered biographical novel Empress (2006) by Shan Sa, which also features Empress Wu.” Booklist (starred review) --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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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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