Shanghai Love

Shanghai Love

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by Layne Wong
     
 

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Married to a ghost husband and sent to Shanghai to manage his family's herbal shop, Peilin's life has always been decided for her, but then she meets Henri, a young Jewish doctor who has just fled Nazi Germany, and an unlikely love blossoms between them...and changes everything.
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Married to a ghost husband and sent to Shanghai to manage his family's herbal shop, Peilin's life has always been decided for her, but then she meets Henri, a young Jewish doctor who has just fled Nazi Germany, and an unlikely love blossoms between them...and changes everything.

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Publishers Weekly
In her debut, Wong's winning romance is set in Shanghai in the 1930s.Escaping Hitler's Germany, Jewish doctor Henri Neumann finds that an accidental encounter and Chinese medicinelead to shared interests with young herbalist Peilin.But Peilin's previous marriage provides both a symbolic and practical cultural barrier to the evolution of their relationship.A political clash emerges as Peilin's brother, Ping, rejects Henri's decision to flee his country, opting instead to fight the Japanese army. The insights into Chinese culture and medicine that Wong provides are well rendered, and the somewhat formulaic roles of many characters do not detract from an engrossing narrative. While philosophic questions outweigh human interest in this fascinating tale, Wong proves a gifted writer.
From the Publisher
“Two cultures collide in a romantic brew of herbs and heart. Layne Wong creates a compelling tale.”

—Henry Winkler, actor, producer, author

“Layne Wong brings the world of late 1930s Shanghai alive with careful details that engage the senses. Her intriguing tale, which weaves the stories of two lost souls, thoughtfully expresses the harmony of opposites—through living and dead, East and West, beauty and grit, war and romance, and science and mythology.”

—Iris Yamashita, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Letters from Iwo Jima

“Layne Wong’s characters, especially her endearing heroine, Peilin, immediately drew me into her well-constructed plot, allowing me to time travel into a fascinating place and era about which I knew little before reading Shanghai Love.”

—Marlen Suyapa Bodden, author of The Wedding Gift

“A dramatically beautiful book, Shanghai Love juxtaposes the sensitivity of Judaism and the Chinese culture against Hitlerian horrors. There are no easy solutions for the love affair enveloped by these highly charged emotional dynamics. New surprises emerge throughout the story—an enthralling page-turner!”

—Rabbi Zvi Dershowitz, Sinai Temple, West Los Angeles, California

“Layne Wong breathes life into the fascinating yet little-known history of the Chinese people and Jewish refugees during World War II. Rich in detail, romance, and tradition, Shanghai Love is an amazing novel that deserves much recognition.”

—Professor Xu Xin, writer and director, Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, People’s Republic of China

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938314186
Publisher:
She Writes Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Layne Wong is a novelist interested in writing through a cultural lens. She is third-generation Chinese-American; her husband is of Jewish heritage. Exploring this union in the context of history was the inspiration behind Shanghai Love. Layne wrote for television and worked as a Development Associate (D-girl) for various TV and feature production companies. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), The Authors Guild, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), and Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), and the David Henry Hwang writing workshops through the East-West Players Theater in Los Angeles. She was selected for the prestigious AFI TV writer’s program. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature and lives in Southern California with her husband. She’s currently at work on her second novel.

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