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Shanghai Love: A Novel Paperback – April 1, 2013
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"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
“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
From the Author
I was inspired to write this book as a result of my own diverse marriage and struggles for personal identity. Many cultures have influenced me positive ways; I wanted to explore unusual times in history where the human spirit rises above outward differences in the name of love. Along my journey to write this book, many wonderful people have shared their own stories with me; I love hearing new perspectives and welcome readers to share theirs!
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Top Customer Reviews
While I suppose much has changed, I got a look at Chinese culture circa 1938 that I found fascinating.
As a bonus I learned about Chinese herbal medicine simply because that topic was so fundamental to the story and was presented in an interesting way from someone who clearly has expertise in the field.
Anyway all that aside, this book was an engrossing read and I'm so glad I fortunately happened across it during the brief time it was free on Amazon since I would never have actually bought a title like this on my own. The genre just isn't my thing. Now I would gladly pay the small cost to buy it since it's worth much more in my opinion.
Shanghai Love would make a great screenplay.
This is Ms. Wong's debut novel and I will eagerly await her subsequent novels.
Ester Benjamin Shifren, Author: Hiding in a Cave of Trunks: A Prominent Jewish Family's Century in Shanghai and Internment in a WWII POW camp.
The Jewish community are persecuted in their homeland and escape to China, only to bring their own prejudices to bear against the Chinese population that provides sanctuary. The differences in philosphy regarding medical treatment are very interesting. Eastern and Western medicine have the same problems today. There is room for both ideas to co-exist. The love story woven through this time is well written and one has to feel that the happy couple could find a a way to survive in a time when life was very cheap.