10 February 2017

The Friday 56 | Dragon Springs Road

Hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.

Happy Friday!

I've spent this week immersed in the world of Janie Chang's Dragon Springs Road. It's beautiful and exquisitely told, and I highly recommend it. (My review is up with a giveaway, so don't skip your chance to win if you're interested in the book!) Enjoy!

"Everyone dismissed my outburst about a Door to the land of immortals as childish imagination, some game we had been playing."

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.

What have you read this week?


  1. You have me intrigued. I like that cover too! Happy weekend!

    1. Oh, me too! Thanks for stopping by, Freda!


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