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Shanghai Love: A Novel

Layne Wong. She Writes, $16.95 paper (321p) ISBN 978-1-938314-18-6

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 medicine lead 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.

Reviewed on: 07/08/2013

Release date: 04/01/2013


4 thoughts on “Publisher’s Weekly Review

  1. Ann

    I really enjoy reading Shanghai love ! You wrote it with such beauty and love. I can’t wait for your next book to come out and when will that be? It is so true about Chinese medicine it has help me with my health issue.

    1. Post author

      Dear Ann,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and I really appreciate your wonderful comments! I’m happy to hear that Chinese medicine has helped you. I too find it a great resource. I’m currently working on my second novel ~ look for it in 2014! Many thanks, Layne

    2. Post author

      Hi Ann,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments. So glad you enjoyed the book. I’m busy working on my next novel and you should see it later this year or early 2015.


    3. Post author

      Thank you Ann! I’m working on my next novel. I’ll share my progress here, so check back to find out when it will be in stores! I’m very happy to hear that Chinese medicine has helped you!


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