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Dragon Springs Road: A Novel
By: Janie Chang
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(as of: 08/19/17)
Manufacturer: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062388959
Publication Date: 2017-01-10
Release Date 2017-01-10
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From the author of Three Souls comes a vividly imagined and haunting new novel set in early 20th century Shanghai—a story of friendship, heartbreak, and history that follows a young Eurasian orphan’s search for her long-lost mother.

That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own, when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return . . .

In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong—Eurasian—and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Without her mother’s protection, she can survive only if the estate’s new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in.

Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the haunted courtyard for centuries. But Jialing’s life as the Yangs’ bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes.

Always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother, Jialing grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, guided by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past. But she 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.



In the past, Jialing’s mother had always come back, but this time it was different. Jialing waited patiently for several days in their home in the western residence, but when it finally becomes clear that her mother would not be returning, Jialing ventures out into the central residence. There Jialing meets Anjuin, the daughter of the Yang family, who own the three courtyard homes in Shanghai. Taken in by Anjuin’s grandmother, the family’s matriarch as a bond servant, Jialing begins a new life struggling to fit into Chinese society as a zazhong: an Eurasian.

Chang’s latest evocative historical novel is set in the early 20th century, and it effortlessly transports readers to China as it attempts to make the transition from centuries of imperial rule to a modern republic. The author skillfully incorporates a generous measure of Chinese fantasy and myth into the storyline as Jialing finds her life and fate tied up with that of the Fox spirit, who has lived in the courtyard for centuries, but readers will find it all works beautifully within the context of a story that deftly explores the topics of love, family, friendship, honor, and duty. If you loved Amy Tan’s One Hundred Secret Senses or Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, you will definitely fall under the spell of this equally mesmerizing novel.
 

 
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