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Empress

Empress
  • Author(s): Shan Sa
  • Location(s): China
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 7th century

A ravishing historical novel of one of China’s most controversial historical figures: its first and only female emperor, Empress Wu, who emerged in the Tang Dynasty and ushered in a golden age. In seventh–century China, during the great Tang...

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Empress Orchid

Empress Orchid
  • Author(s): Anchee Min
  • Location(s): Beijing (Peking)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1800s

To rescue her family from poverty and avoid marrying her slope-shouldered cousin, seventeen-year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor’s wives. When she is chosen as a lower-ranking concubine she enters the erotically charged and ritualised Forbidden City....

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Enigma of China

Enigma of China
  • Author(s): Qiu Xiaolong
  • Location(s): Shanghai
  • Genre(s): Crime

Chief Inspector Chen is involved in an extremely sensitive case, so sensitive in fact that his job may be on the line, depending on how he handles it. A fragile existence in modern day China.i He is to investigate...

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Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves
  • Author(s): Adeline Yen Mah
  • Location(s): China, Hong Kong
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

The story of an unwanted Chinese daughter growing up during the Communist Revolution, blamed for her mother’s death, ignored by her millionaire father and unwanted by her Eurasian step mother. A story of greed, hatred and jealousy; a domestic...

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Family

Family
  • Author(s): Ba Jin
  • Location(s): China
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

From one of the most outstanding figures of modern Chinese literature . . . A moving, colorful novel that reflects a period of great turmoil in Chinese history. Originally written for and about educated Chinese youth in the 1930s,...

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Flashman and the Dragon

Flashman and the Dragon
  • Author(s): George MacDonald Fraser
  • Location(s): China
  • Genre(s): Adventure

Coward, scoundrel, lover and cheat, but there is no better man to go into the jungle with. Join Flashman in his adventures as he survives fearful ordeals and outlandish perils across the four corners of the world. An international...

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Green Island

Green Island
  • Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
  • Location(s): China
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

February 28, 1947: Trapped inside the family home amid an uprising that has rocked Taipei, Dr. Tsai delivers his youngest daughter, the unnamed narrator of Green Island, just after midnight as the city is plunged into martial law. In...

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Half the World Away

Half the World Away
  • Author(s): Cath Staincliffe
  • Location(s): China
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

After graduating, Lori Maddox heads off travelling and arrives in China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom follow her adventures on her blog. Suddenly communication stops. When the...

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Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass
  • Author(s): Ivy Ngeow
  • Location(s): Chicago, Macau (Macao)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Miscellaneous, Thriller, Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1980s

Heart of Glass is a pacy literary thriller set in the 1980s’ disco era. It is exotic and noirish popular fiction. Li-an is a con artist and talented Chinese American musician in Chicago’s Chinatown. With accomplice Dallas, she drugs...

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Heaven Lake

Heaven Lake
  • Author(s): John Dalton
  • Location(s): China, Taiwan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): late 20th century

Winner of the 2004 Barnes and Noble Discover Award. Heaven Lake is about many things: China, God, passion, friendship, travel, even the reckless smuggling of hashish. But above all, this extraordinary debut is about the mysteries of love. Vincent...

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