Rising Sun, Falling Shadow (Hardcover)
Forge, 9780765337641, 344pp.
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Return to World War II Shanghai in Dan Kalla's thrilling historical novel "Rising Sun, Falling Shadow, "the sequel to "The Far Side of the Sky"
It's 1943 and the Japanese juggernaut has swallowed Shanghai and the rest of eastern China, snaring droves of American and British along with thousands of "stateless" German Jewish refugees. Despite the hostile environs, newlyweds Dr. Franz Adler and his wife, Sunny, adjust to life running the city's only hospital for refugee Jews.
Bowing to Nazi pressure, the Japanese force twenty thousand Jewish refugees, including the Adlers, to relocate to a one-square-kilometer "Shanghai Ghetto." Heat, hunger, and tropical diseases are constant threats. But the ghetto also breeds miraculous resilience. Music, theater, sports, and Jewish culture thrive despite what are at times subhuman conditions.
Navigating subversion and espionage, Nazi treachery and ever-worsening conditions while living under the heel of the Japanese military, the Adlers struggle to keep the hospital open and their family safe and united.
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Praise For Rising Sun, Falling Shadow…
for The Far Side Of The Sky
“An amazing novel.”
—The Huffington Post
“With its unusual setting and blend of terror, hope, and love, this historical novel deserves a wide readership.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“An exciting, often touching story that combines wartime peril and romance in an attractive mix…. [Kalla] knows how to weave a good tale, and his characters are endearing.”
“I ate up this novel…. Recommended.”
—Historical Novel Society
“That’s storytelling, pure and simple.”
—The National Post
“A big-canvas story with some very well-drawn characters.”
—The Globe and Mail