2021 National Jewish Book Award Finalist

Wild China Best Historical Fiction in 2021

Bustle Most Anticipated Novel of December, 2021


“Fans of sweeping, dramatic WWII epics that are rich in historical detail, such as Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls or Paullina Simons’s The Bronze Horseman will be enthralled.” — Booklist

“Weina Dai Randel’s novel deserves a place of distinction among WWII fiction.” — Historical Novel Society

“This audiobook touches on the unexplored Jewish community in Shanghai and the difficulties of engaging in cross-cultural relationships at that time.” – AudioFile


Weina Dai Randel is the award-winning author of The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon, a historical duology about Wu Zetian, China’s only female emperor, and the forthcoming novel The Last Rose of Shanghai. Weina is the winner of the RWA RITA Award, a Goodreads Choice Award “Best Historical Fiction” semifinalist, and the RT Book Reviewers Choice “Best First Historical” nominee. The Empress of the Bright Moon series has been translated into seven languages and sold worldwide.

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Praise for

The Last Rose of Shanghai

The Last Rose of Shanghai is a powerful story of the relationship between a Shanghai heiress and a Jewish refugee… one readers will never forget.”

Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star

“Weina Dai Randel’s poignant, sweeping love story paints a vibrant portrait of a little-known slice of World War II history. Not to be missed!”

Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code and The Huntress

“This is an unforgettable, page-turning tale of an impossible affair between lovers from two cultures.”

Janie Chang, bestselling author of Dragon Springs Road and The Library of Legends

“Filled with page-turning suspense and a poignant and unforgettable love story, Weina Dai Randel wholly immerses the reader in this richly detailed and powerfully drawn story.”

Chanel Cleeton, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Starred Reviews
For Weina Dai Randel's Books

“A must for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China’s glorious past.”

Library Journal (starred review, for The Moon in the Palace)

“A full-immersion, compulsively readable tale that rivals both Anchee Min’s Empress Orchid (2004), about the dowager empress Cixi, and the multilayered biographical novel Empress (2006) by Shan Sa, which also features Empress Wu.”

Booklist (starred review, for The Empress of Bright Moon)

“The intrigue and machinations of the imperial court come to life under her hand, a vast and dangerous engine with each piece moving for its own reasons.”

Shelf Awareness (starred review, for The Moon in the Palace)

“A very successful and transporting novel that beautifully captures the sounds, smells, and social mores of seventh-century China.”

Historical Novels Review (Editors’ Choice, for The Moon in the Palace)