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From the author of Three Souls (“heartbreaking and hopeful,” Booklist) comes a new novel set in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, where, as an ancient imperial dynasty collapses, a new government struggles to life and two girls—one a Eurasian orphan, the other a daughter of privilege—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 both Chinese and Europeans. 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 300 years. But when a young English girl appears and befriends the lonely orphan—and then mysteriously vanishes—Jialing’s life takes an unexpected turn and gives her hope of finding her long-lost mother.

Instead, Jialing finds herself drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue, a relationship that jeopardizes her friendship with Anjuin and a forbidden affair that brings danger to the man she loves. Ultimately, she learns that for years Fox has been preparing her for a very different sort of fate . . . should she choose to accept it.

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Critical Praise

“Filled with enchantment and intrigue, this novel shines brightly with lyrical prose.” —Toronto Star

“Enthralling. . . . It’s both a pleasure and an education to read this sensitive, intelligent novel.” —<em>Vancouver Sun</em>

“A glorious, deeply readable novel-the kind you pick up and read voraciously, every chance you get. The kind you get lost in.” —Shaena Lambert, author of Radiance and Oh, My Darling on THREE SOULS

“I absolutely couldn’t put it down. . . . One of the most satisfying, enjoyable and interesting books I’ve read in a while.” —Nancy Richler, author of The Imposter Bride on THREE SOULS

Three Souls bristles with freshness and heart.” —Publishers Weekly on THREE SOULS

“[D]elightful. Chang skillfully weaves China’s story with the fate of her characters, giving the novel a tone of importance that never becomes dull or pedantic.” —Providence Journal on THREE SOULS

“Dragon Springs Road is simply one of the best novels I have read in a long time. . . . Janie Chang has created an enchanting and unforgettable book. I recommend it unreservedly.” —Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Moonlight Over Paris

“Janie Chang has a keen eye for detail and infuses them throughout this magical story, with its masterfully rendered setting of the early Chinese republic, characters who bring to life the constrictions of those girls, and a mystical benevolent spirit. The result is enchanting.” —Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son

“Chang unfurls this intriguing story—set against the chaotic backdrop of China in the early twentieth century-with precision. Rich with detail and a fascinating interplay between the spiritual and earthly realms, Chang’s second novel explores whether it is possible to overcome your past.” —Booklist

“Who can resist a child in jeopardy novel especially one set against the rich background of Shanghai at the turn of the century? . . . Illuminating and vivid . . . an involving, sympathetic novel, which exemplifies the best of historical fiction.” —Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice

“Beautifully told . . . fascinating . . . a great choice for a book club.” —Huffington Post

“Lyrical and magical . . . Chang’s lovingly crafted novel will resonate with readers long after the story is done.” —RT Book Reviews

“Chang unfurls this intriguing story . . . with precision. Rich with detail and a fascinating interplay between the spiritual and earthly realms, Chang’s second novel explores whether it is possible to overcome your past.” —Booklist

“A remarkable read, brimming with magic and the grit of realism. . . . Chang asserts herself as an exciting, relatable voice in Canadian fiction, a voice that requires us to re-examine our relationships to place, identity, and ancestry. . . . A story for our times.” —Quill & Quire

[ Three Souls bristles with freshness and heart. —Publishers Weekly on THREE SOULS

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443439374
  • ISBN 10: 1443439371
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 01/10/2017
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price: 22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Asian American
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Coming of Age
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Historical

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