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A Novel

Lan Samantha Chang (Author, University of Iowa, Writers' Workshop)

Overview | Inside the Book

Spanning seven decades and set in China and America against a backdrop of political chaos and social upheaval, this arresting debut novel tells a timeless story of familial devotion undermined by deceit and passion and rebuilt by memory.

In 1931, abandoned after their mother's suicide, the young Junan and her sister, Yinan, make a pact never to leave each other. The two girls are inseparable—until Junan enters into an arranged marriage and finds herself falling in love with her soldier husband. When the Japanese invade China, Junan and her husband are separated. Unable to follow him to the wartime capital, Junan makes the fateful decision to send her sister after him. Inheritance traces the echo of betrayal through generations and explores the elusive nature of trust.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2005
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32711-3
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


Endorsements & Reviews

“A guilty pleasure that makes for an indulgent afternoon, its an intelligent and well-formulated work of literature.” — Anhoni Patel, San Francisco Chronicle

“The book's strength is its characters, who are driven by love, crafty relatives, and a hunger to know the past.” — Boston Globe

“A polished story, smooth as stone. It is most poignant as it delves into the follies that make us human.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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