Placentia, CA- Join us for a lively discussion of Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones. Enjoy a jazz themed book to get you into the mood for our Read to the Rhythm adult summer reading program.
In the early 1930s, as the world teeters on the brink of war, struggling musician Thomas Greene leaves the South's racial prejudices behind when he accepts an offer from a Chinese nightclub owner to headline a jazz band in Shanghai. Though the classically trained pianist is uncomfortable with this new style of music, he is ecstatic to be free of the Jim Crow laws that have impeded his success at home. As Greene embraces the relative freedom that life in this cosmopolitan city affords, he becomes increasingly embroiled in both the criminal and Communist underworlds that are threatened by the imminent Japanese invasion. Through his love for party sympathizer Song Yuhua and friendship with protector of Jews Lin Ming, Greene finds himself at the epicenter of world-shattering events. Based on true episodes and peppered with the lives and experiences of actual characters from the worlds of politics, music, the military, and the government, Mones' engrossing historical novel illuminates the danger, depravity, and drama of this dark period with brave authenticity.
Each month, our Book Club focuses on notable titles in a friendly lunchtime setting. The discussions are open to all readers, and the Library will provide extra copies of the selected titles for checkout prior to the discussion. Join other readers; bring your lunch and we will provide the dessert. This program is sponsored by the Placentia Library Friends Foundation. For more information, please call (714) 528-1906, ext. 209.