J anie Chang asserts herself as an exciting, relatable voice ... a voice that requires us to re-examine our relationship to place, identity, and ancestry" - Quill and Quire


Dragon Springs Road

In early 20th century Shanghai, an ancient imperial dynasty collapses, a new government struggles to life and two girls are bound together in a friendship that will be tested by duty, honour and love.

Abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate outside Shanghai, seven-year-old Jialing learns she is zazhong—Eurasian—and thus doomed to face a lifetime of contempt from Chinese and Europeans alike. The Yang family, new owners of the estate, reluctantly take her in as a servant. As Jialing grows up, her only allies are Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the courtyard for more than three hundred years. But when a young English girl appears and befriends the lonely orphan—and then mysteriously vanishes—Jialing’s life takes an unexpected turn.


Three Souls

We have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this ...

In 1935 China, the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin watches her own funeral from the rafters of a family temple. While she lived, she was trapped between passion and obedience. Now that she's a ghost, she must learn how to atone for the death of her lover or remain trapped forever on this earth. Accompanied by her three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun, Leiyin delves back in time to review her life and sees the spoiled and privileged teenager she once was.

When she discovers what she must do to be released from limbo into the afterlife, Leiyin realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.


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Interview: Henry Lien

I have so many life experiences now that I didn’t have when I was 18 or 28 or 38. I’m never going to run out of material and can be choosy in what I decide to write about so that it’s the best, most original, most memorable thing I can make it. And it’s all because of those decades of life experience.
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It's impossible to read the title of this book and not smile. Its young heroine, Peasprout Chen, doesn’t let you down. Her voice is as cocky and self-confident as the title, the story as action-packed as the cover design suggests.
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