The first novel based on the true experiences of African American musicians in the Chinese jazz age—and what happened when World War II exploded around them.
“…by the time the novel ends, lives have been, to say the least, shaken, stirred, turned upside down. China’s gone off on one path. The world has gone off on its own sad slide.”
–Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, NPR
(listen to the interview here)
“Both of them young and awkward, but gifted and smart, (Thomas and Song) make for an odd but brilliant pair of lovers. They light up the pages of this novel … Night in Shanghai, an intelligent historical romance, shows off with forceful insight, terrific characters and a telling sense of detail. And, folks, it swings.”
–Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR
(listen to the full review here)