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
The Library of Legends
China, 1937. When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates at Minghua University are ordered to flee. Lian and a convoy of students, faculty and staff must walk 1,000 miles to the safety of China’s western provinces, a journey marred by the constant threat of aerial attack. And it is not just the refugees who are at risk; Lian and her classmates have been entrusted with a priceless treasure: a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends.
Based on true events and informed by family history, this novel is set during the exodus of Chinese universities during wartime China, a chapter in history unfamiliar to the West, now recognized as a remarkable achievement of intellectual and cultural preservation.
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. A Globe and Mail National Bestseller. Nominated for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award.
We have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this ...
China, 1935. The ghost of a young woman watches her own funeral. While she lived, Song Leiyin was trapped between passion and obedience to her family. Now that she's a ghost, Leiyin must discover how she can 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. But when she learns what must be done to release her into the afterlife, she also realizes the time for making amends is shorter than she thought. Nominated for the 2015 International Dublin Literary Award. Finalist for the 2014 BC Book Prizes Fiction award.
anie Chang draws upon family history for her novels, incorporating tales of life in China before the Second World War and legends about ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals.
Born in Taiwan, Janie has lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand, and New Zealand. She now lives in Vancouver with her husband and the rescue cat known as HRH Mischa, Queen of the Universe. MORE ...
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