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A dragon road and three souls

November 03rd, 2016

Drawing upon her family’s 36 generations as inspiration for her historical stories, Taiwanese-born Janie Chang’s upcoming second novel Dragon Springs Road (Harper Collins 2017) is set in early twentieth century Shanghai. The story includes an ancient imperial dynasty collapse, a new government struggling to coalesce, and two girls – one a Eurasian orphan, the other a daughter of privilege – who are bound together in a friendship that will be tested by duty, honour, and love. The twisting plot set against cultural turbulence is a similar tactic to the one used in her first title, Three Souls (HarperCollins 2013) about a ghost for a main character, Leiyin, who had been captivated by a left-wing poet as a teenager during Chinese civil strife in the 1930s. Denied entrance to the afterlife, she must reconcile her three souls: her scholarly yang soul, her romantic yin soul and her wise hun soul. Vancouver-based Chang has also lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand and New Zealand. She graduated from SFU’s Writers Studio and also has a degree in computer science. 978-1443439374

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