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This is an alternate cover edition for 9780984493920 Lily Kovner's first reaction to the news that a precious Torah has gone missing from the home of a Chinese government official in Shanghai is disbelief. She scoffs at her nickname, "the Jewish Miss Marple," and rejects the prospect that she could be instrumental in recovering the Torah. Yet, Lily's devotion to her newfou This is an alternate cover edition for 9780984493920 Lily Kovner's first reaction to the news that a precious Torah has gone missing from the home of a Chinese government official in Shanghai is disbelief. She scoffs at her nickname, "the Jewish Miss Marple," and rejects the prospect that she could be instrumental in recovering the Torah. Yet, Lily's devotion to her newfound Chinese-Jewish cousin, Ruth, trumps her skepticism. Along with her significant other, Simon, and Ruth, Lily undertakes another improbable quest plagued by threats, dangerous physical attack, and a likely murder. Ultimately, political intrigue stemming from China's strife-ridden pre-Communist era, as well as long-buried resentments of an ancient community, emerge as motives that led to the Torah's theft, point to its perpetrators, and ultimately reveal a unique and little-known aspect of vibrant Jewish communal life that survived and thrived throughout a multi-century diaspora that stretched from Iraq to India to China.


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This is an alternate cover edition for 9780984493920 Lily Kovner's first reaction to the news that a precious Torah has gone missing from the home of a Chinese government official in Shanghai is disbelief. She scoffs at her nickname, "the Jewish Miss Marple," and rejects the prospect that she could be instrumental in recovering the Torah. Yet, Lily's devotion to her newfou This is an alternate cover edition for 9780984493920 Lily Kovner's first reaction to the news that a precious Torah has gone missing from the home of a Chinese government official in Shanghai is disbelief. She scoffs at her nickname, "the Jewish Miss Marple," and rejects the prospect that she could be instrumental in recovering the Torah. Yet, Lily's devotion to her newfound Chinese-Jewish cousin, Ruth, trumps her skepticism. Along with her significant other, Simon, and Ruth, Lily undertakes another improbable quest plagued by threats, dangerous physical attack, and a likely murder. Ultimately, political intrigue stemming from China's strife-ridden pre-Communist era, as well as long-buried resentments of an ancient community, emerge as motives that led to the Torah's theft, point to its perpetrators, and ultimately reveal a unique and little-known aspect of vibrant Jewish communal life that survived and thrived throughout a multi-century diaspora that stretched from Iraq to India to China.

54 review for The Lost Torah of Shanghai

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Carrell

    Action packed tale! I love that it takes place in Shanghai China rather than the NY or some other over used city.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Muriel Kudera

    I was unimpressed by the writing and the story seemed contrived. I would probably not seek out any other L. Frank books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cossaboom

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    R. Pope

    I found it incredibly fascinating and uplifting in a way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra B.

    Very interesting. I learned a lot about Jews in China. Clever mystery as well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monica Bond-Lamberty

    Very informational read. It was an interesting read, but not sure I want to follow the Jewish Miss Marple into the rest of the series. I frankly found the letters at the end as interesting if not more informative than the whole story. Did make me want to go and eat some Shanghaiese food though!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wisconsin Alumni

    Linda Ansfield Frank MA’72 Author From the author: As Saddam Hussein rains Scud missiles over Israel, Lily Kovner, the “Jewish Miss Marple,” learns about the theft in Shanghai of an historic Torah from Iraq. Lily’s sometimes dangerous hunt for the Torah plunges her into the historical context of Jewish settlement in China, juxtaposed with remnants of its 20th-century political conflicts.

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