The Library of Legends

Janie Chang (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
William Morrow & Company
Publish Date
May 12, 2020
Pages
400
Dimensions
5.3 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062851505

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About the Author

Born in Taiwan, JANIE CHANG has lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand, New Zealand and Canada. She writes historical fiction with a personal connection, drawing from family history and ancestral stories. Chang has a degree in computer science and is a graduate of the Writer's Studio Program at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road.

Reviews

"Beautifully told . . . fascinating . . . a great choice for a book club."--Huffington Post
"Janie Chang has done it again with this story of an exodus of young students -- treasured as China's future -- intermingled with an imaginary, unconventional departure of mystical beasts and legendary deities during a war that changes China forever. Evocative, unforgettable, The Library of Legends is truly out of this world!"--Weina Dai Randel, award-winning author of The Moon in the Palace
"Dragon Springs Road is simply one of the best novels I have read in a long time. With her lyrical, heartfelt portrait of a vanished world . . . Janie Chang has created an enchanting and unforgettable book. I recommend it unreservedly."--Jennifer Robson, author of The Gown
"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 on DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD
"Janie Chang has a keen eye for detail and infuses them throughout this magical story, with its 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, author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son on DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD
"Both heartbreaking and hopeful, Janie Chang's first novel is an immersive and enjoyable read."--Booklist on THREE SOULS

Praise for: Dragon Springs Road "Janie Chang's second novel is a remarkable read, brimming with magic and the grit of realism. . . . With this novel, Chang asserts herself as an exciting, relatable voice . . . that requires us to re-examine our relationships to place, identity, and ancestry."--Quill & Quire (starred review)
"Lyrical and magical . . . Chang's lovingly crafted novel will resonate with readers long after the story is done."--RT Book Reviews
"Janie Chang brings wartime China to life in The Library of Legends, imbuing her characters with the same epic qualities they find in the mythic figures that follow them on their journey to safety. Moving smoothly between historical fiction and magic realism, this is a beautifully written story of love, hope, and courage."--Bryn Turnbull, author of The Woman Before Wallis
"Atmospheric and beautifully told, Janie Chang has woven a tale that tugs on the threads of China's history and legend alike. Readers will find themselves immersed in this story of love amidst war, hope amidst sacrifice."--Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author of And They Called It Camelot
"The Library of Legends is a luminous and enthralling story set during a pivotal period in the making of modern China, and highlights the Chinese determination to preserve their culture by saving precious historical treasures at great sacrifice. The exploits of historical characters and ancient mythological beings are interwoven in a blend of wonder, courage, and suspense."--Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Splendor Before the Dark, The Confessions of Young Nero, Elizabeth I, and Th
"Janie Chang has beautifully melded history and the spirit world to create an adventurous love story for all of us readers who love books and who, in a perfect world, would do anything to save them."--Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
"The Library of Legends is a gorgeous, poetic journey threaded with mist and magic about a group from a Chinese university who take to the road to escape the Japanese invasion of 1937 - only to discover that danger stalks them from within. Janie Chang pens pure enchantment!"--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
"Janie Chang's The Library of Legends is a delicious mix of history, myth, and romance. Chang deftly intertwines Chinese folklore and historical detail to create a magical, heartfelt read."--Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Searching for Sylvie Lee
"Janie Chang's The Library of Legends delivers stark historical truths on the tail of a shooting star. Absolutely enchanting."--Ana Johns, bestselling author of The Woman in the White Kimono
"Love and fate entangle in a tender tale of star-crossed romance and scholarship. In The Library of Legends, Janie Chang whisks the reader on a journey of a lifetime, with the transportation of a university library of rare books across China. Based on Chang's father's own experience as a student-in-exile, it interweaves the pressures of war with a poignant saga of love lost and gained. Vibrant, rich, and moving, The Library of Legends brings an unusual true episode in Chinese history to shimmering, heartfelt life."--Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride and The Night Tiger