The Far Side of the Sky (Paperback)

A Novel of Love and Survival in War-Torn Shanghai (Shanghai Series #1)

By Daniel Kalla

Forge Books, 9780765380081, 464pp.

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/30/2013)
Mass Market (7/30/2013)
Hardcover (6/5/2012)

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On the eve of the Second World War, a Jewish family's final hope lies across the world, in Shanghai

On November 9, 1938—Kristallnacht—the Nazis unleash a night of terror for Jews all across Germany. Meanwhile, the Japanese Imperial Army rampages through China and tightens its stranglehold on Shanghai, a city that becomes the last haven for thousands of desperate European Jews.

Dr. Franz Adler, a renowned surgeon, is swept up in the wave of anti-Semitic violence and flees to Shanghai with his daughter. At a refugee hospital, Franz meets an enigmatic nurse, Soon Yi "Sunny" Mah. The chemistry between them is intense and immediate, but Sunny's life is shattered when a drunken Japanese sailor murders her father.

The danger escalates for Shanghai's Jews as the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. Facing starvation and disease, Franz struggles to keep the refugee hospital open and protect his family from a terrible fate.

Daniel Kalla's The Far Side of the Sky focuses on a short but extraordinary period of Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish history when cultures converged and heroic sacrifices were part of the everyday quest for survival.

About the Author

Daniel Kalla is the international bestselling author of Pandemic, Resistance, Rage Therapy, Blood Lies, Cold Plague, and Of Flesh and Blood. His books have been translated into eleven languages. Two novels have been optioned for film. Kalla practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he lives with his family.

Praise For The Far Side of the Sky: A Novel of Love and Survival in War-Torn Shanghai (Shanghai Series #1)

“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.” —Booklist

“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