In Weina Dai Randel’s “The Last Rose of Shanghai,” Aiyi Shao, a young heiress and the owner of a formerly popular and glamorous Shanghai nightclub, and Ernest Reismann, a penniless Jewish refugee driven out of Germany, are drawn together by fate and the freedom of music in Japanese-occupied Shanghai.
When Aiyi hires Ernest to play piano at her club, her defiance of custom causes a sensation. His instant fame makes Aiyi’s club the hottest spot in Shanghai, and 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.
Includes book signing and light reception.