China, 1908. At the turn of the 20th century, an imperial dynasty collapses, a new government struggles to control a vast country, and in an ancient courtyard outside Shanghai, a Eurasian girl is abandoned by her mother. Her life goal is to find her mother but instead she is caught at the periphery of political intrigue, a murder, and an affair that brings danger to the man she loves.


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

--Quill & Quire (starred review)


“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


“... simply one of the best novels I have read in a long time ... a lyrical, heartfelt portrait of a vanished world and a heroine whose struggles and victories tore at my heart, Janie Chang has created an enchanting and unforgettable book. I recommend it unreservedly.”

-- Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Somewhere in France, Moonlight Over Paris


“... 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, bestselling author of Secret Daughter, The Golden Son



China, 1935. An absorbing historical novel of romance and revolution, loyalty and family, sacrifice and undying love -- narrated by a ghost. 

"We have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this ..."


"A moving fiction debut ... her novel bristles with freshness and heart."  

    -- Publishers Weekly


"A remarkable, exquisite work of historical fiction ... a wonderful read and an experience of creative, brilliant writing."

-- Historical Novels Review, Editor's Choice


“Both heartbreaking and hopeful, Janie Chang’s first novel is an immersive and enjoyable read."    

                                            -- Booklist


"... a compelling tale that weaves historical fiction with themes of obedience, atonement, betrayal and the rights of women"

-- The Vancouver Sun




Dragon Springs Road makes the national bestseller lists in both the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star! 

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