Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dragon Springs Road

Dragon Springs Road

Book covers are such an important feature of a book, inviting readers to reach out and dive in. Dragon Springs Road, by Janie Chang, is, first of all, a treat for the eyes, with this colourful and well-designed cover and secondly, a captivating story. 

The tale within takes place during the early years of the newly established Chinese Republic. The main character, Jialing, is a young Eurasian girl who is abandoned by her mother in Shanghai and left to fend for herself. We follow the progression of her life as she copes with racism, sexism and political upheaval in an attempt to find a place for herself in the world with the help of a spirit fox.

See if you find this brief trailer enticing.

The characters in this novel are well-portrayed and our hearts bump along with Jialing's at every turning. 

The author, Janie Chang, is an award-winning author. Dragon Springs Road is her second novel. Here is her bio from her website:

Janie Chang draws upon family history for her novels. She grew up listening to stories about ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals, and about life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War.
She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She is also the founder and main organizer of Canadian Authors for Indies, a national day of support by authors for independent bookstores. 
Born in Taiwan, Janie has lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand, and New Zealand.  She now lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.
Her first novel, THREE SOULS, was a finalist for the 2014 BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and one of 9 Canadian books long-listed for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD, was released in January 2017.

 If you're interested in Janie's stories about her ancestors and family, click here to read.