Dragon Springs Road

Dragon Springs Road

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After being abandoned by her mother in 1908 Shanghai, a young Eurasian girl, Jialing, becomes the bondservant to the new owners of a grand estate until she befriends a young English girl who mysteriously disappears and forever changes her life.
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperAvenue, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.,, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443439374
Branch Call Number: F CHA NVD
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 21 cm


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Murder, political intrigue, jealousy, forbidden love… Jialing encounters all these as an abandoned child, surviving off the charity of wealthy estate owners in early 20th century China.

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NVDPL Librarians Jun 17, 2016

After being abandoned by her mother in 1908 Shanghai, a young Eurasian girl, Jialing, becomes the bondservant to the new owners of a grand estate until she befriends a young English girl who mysteriously disappears and forever changes her life.

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Jul 30, 2018

This book told such a great story. It was a page turner from the beginning all the way to the end!

Apr 30, 2018

Very well written, descriptive and full of a wonderful mix of fiction and fantasy. Setting and story line reminds me of works by Pearl S Buck who is one of my most favorite authors. Loved this story and adore Fox

Amy_MarkhamPL Oct 17, 2017

Page-turner historical fiction! I found Dragon Springs Road completely captivating and I couldn't put it down. GREAT NEWS: Janie Chang will be reading from this book and doing a Q & A at MPL's International Festival of Authors event on October 27, 2017. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at any Markham Public Library location.

Oct 13, 2017

DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD by Janie Chang is a captivating and fascinating story! I love these sorts of books - historical fiction with fantastic elements. While the content is different, this is definitely for fans of THE GHOST BRIDE and THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI. I'm very excited to read Chang's other novel THREE SOULS.

Aug 09, 2017

This book was super well written. Very detailed. It was a sad book, but all the detail made it seem more beautiful.

annie Jul 29, 2017

A great read, beautifully written and hard to put down.

Jul 20, 2017

A glimpse into a woman's China at the turn-of-the-century. Despite the suffering and longing, there is beauty and magic that sustain the young protagonist and the reader. Loved it!

Jul 05, 2017

Such a captivating book! I read from page 120 almost right to the end in one day! I just couldn't put it down. The writing is wonderful to read, the descriptions vivid but not too lengthy or tedious. I really had images in my head of how everything looked while reading. And the characters! Love them. I cared about what happened to them, even the minor characters. The twists and turns of Jialing's life kept me enthralled and I love Fox so much! According to the author's note she wasn't going to be such a main character initially and I'm glad that changed. I also loved all the history and detail about the time period, and the pacing was perfect. I've even got a hold on Three Souls since I want to read the author's other book now!
Highly recommend this book to anyone!

Feb 14, 2017

Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang is a wonderful, captivating read. It's the story of a young seven year old girl, Jialing, who is left abandoned by her mother in a large estate. The story takes place in the early 1900's in Shanghai, against the backdrop of the crumbling Imperial Dynasty and political unrest. Young Jialing is of mixed race , Eurasian, or " zazhong", the shameful word of that day. To be "zazhong " is to be regarded with much contempt and shame, as most zazhong are the product of prostitution of a Chinese woman and a European male. Jialing's prospects in life are frighteningly low.

A kindly family moves into the estate, and the family Matriarch, Grandmother Yang , takes seven year old Jialing into the household as a bond- servant. Though Jialing is well treated by Grandma Yang and her granddaughter Anjuin, Jialing is treated with disdain and jealousy by the other servants, as well as First Wife and Third Wife. Jialing has friend in Anjuin, but Anjuin is already arranged to be married, so Jialing knows her time in the household will be limited. A missionary is willing to take on Jialing for an education, a rare thing for any young Chinese girl of that era, but Jialing knows once again that any opportunity of employment will be scarce, due to her being of mixed race.

Jialing proves to be a strong willed person, as she searches for a stable future , as well for her mother and her origins.

Dragon Springs Road is a fascinating coming of age story, richly atmospheric and full of intriguing, well drawn characters. I really enjoyed being immersed into the culture and politics of early 1900's China .

I was swept away by this enthralling story.

Feb 13, 2017

I loved this book. Its a spiritual, real and uplifting journey through life in turn of early twentieth century China, through the eyes of a young woman.

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