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Janie Chang

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 Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University. 
Born in Taiwan, Janie has lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand, and New Zealand.  She now lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.   

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction
Janie Chang recommends
Better Luck Next Time (2020)
Kate Hilton
"Kate Hilton achieves the difficult feat of making us empathize with a flawed heroine whose willful reluctance to draw boundaries around a demanding job puts her most important relationships at risk. Keenly-observed, insightful, and punctuated with brilliant, revealing moments of dark humour, this novel is impossible to put down."
Courage, My Love (2021)
Kristin Beck
"The tension never lets up in this gripping tale of WW2 Italy, its narrative set in a Rome occupied by German forces. Amidst the hardships of war, two very different young women confront their fears and draw on their deepest beliefs for the courage to resist. Lucia and Francesca are unforgettable characters and stayed with me long after the final page."
The Last Rose of Shanghai (2021)
Weina Dai Randel
"Set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, this is an unforgettable, page-turning tale of an impossible affair between lovers from two cultures. Randel casts an unflinching eye at the horrors of wartime Shanghai, where refugees starve while the wealthy and privileged continue to drink and dance, and where daily threats of danger and death only serve to fan forbidden passions to a blazing climax."
The Paris Bookseller (2022)
Kerri Maher
"The unexpected bonus in this mesmerizing novel is the saga of Sylvia Beach's friendship with James Joyce and her decision to publish Ulysses when publishers showed no interest, a difficult decision made even more difficult by Joyce himself. The Paris Bookseller drops you in the middle of Paris and delicious, intimate encounters with literary greats and soon-to-be-greats who frequented Shakespeare and Company in the years between the World Wars."
The Mayfair Bookshop (2022)
Eliza Knight
"Eliza Knight's sympathetic and utterly believable portrayal of Nancy Mitford is the icing on this fabulous cake of a novel where present-day romance, a literary mystery, and the lives of England's most controversial sisters keep the pages turning in this delightful and perfectly constructed story."
That Summer in Berlin (2022)
Lecia Cornwall
"This story about an English debutante who agrees to spy for her country during the 1936 Berlin Olympics is a tense and thrilling read that sweeps you from castles and country estates to the glittering enticements of high society in Nazi Germany. Gripping action, political intrigue, and conflicted relationships guarantee you'll read this in one sitting."

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