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Three Souls
Three Souls | Janie Chang
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An absorbing novel of romance and revolution, loyalty and family, sacrifice and undying loveWe have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this....So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun who will guide her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.As Leiyin delves back in time with the three souls to review her life, she sees the spoiled and privileged teenager she once was, a girl who is concerned with her own desires while China is fractured by civil war and social upheaval. At a party, she meets Hanchin, a captivating left-wing poet and translator, and instantly falls in love with him.When Leiyin defies her father to pursue Hanchin, she learns the harsh truth that she is powerless over her fate. Her punishment for disobedience leads to exile, an unwanted marriage, a pregnancy, and, ultimately, her death. And when she discovers what she must do to be released from limbo into the afterlife, Leiyin realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.Suffused with history and literature, Three Souls is an epic tale of revenge and betrayal, forbidden love, and the price we are willing to pay for freedom."
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janeycanuck
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My Swiss army recommendations for #24in48 - so hard to pick just one or two but these are some of the first books I‘d recommend if someone was looking for something to pick up. Hopefully something in the stack would be the right one!

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sprainedbrain
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This book was so engaging that I had to do the book/audio combination because I just had to know what happened next. 😃

At the beginning of the book, we know our main character Leiyin has died, and we spend the rest of the novel watching her and her three souls review her life and death in revolution-era China and try to make amends for actions so that she can pass on. Sounds good, right? It is, and it‘s beautifully written.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sprainedbrain
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Good morning, y‘all. 😃

Best #firstline from my #24in48 stack is from the tagged book.

I have to go do some silly grown up things like getting new tires and groceries, so I‘m switching to audio for a while. 😃

mom2bugnbee That's a good one! 2y
janeycanuck I love this book - I saw the author a few months ago and she said it‘s partially based on her grandmother‘s life. 2y
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Jolynne
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Unique and memorable. A page-turner of an ending too.

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Laalaleighh
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My second book by this author (who also wrote Dragon Springs Road) and I loved it just as much! The MC is a ghost who can‘t move on to the afterlife and reincarnation until she rights the wrongs she made while alive. Set during the civil war before communist China, this novel depicts a society pulled in multiple directions, between the past and competing versions of the future, through the lens of the everyday business of domestic life and family.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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JenReadsAlot So good.... 2y
BookishMe Definitely would like to know how other writers treat this after life belief after I first learnt about the 3 souls concept in 2y
janeycanuck LOVE this book... I learned a few months back that it‘s based on her grandmother‘s story! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JenReadsAlot I need to move it up!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookishMe that one is on my shelf too!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @janeycanuck wow!! Thank you for telling me!! I need to move it up!! 2y
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Cinfhen
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#TuneIntoNovember First, how gorgeous is this cover?!?! I‘ve posted this before, but it‘s such a beautiful story 💚 Song Leiyin is observing her own funeral and has no memory of her previous life. She can not enter the afterlife without first atoning for her past wrongdoings. Her three souls—yin, yang, and hun—help her begin to recover her memories so she can #AwakeMySoul and earn reincarnation. Set in 1920's China 🇨🇳

Cinfhen I think you would love this @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
Kalalalatja Beautiful cover! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen you really have me pegged!!! It‘s on my shelf waiting!!! 🤦‍♀️ I need more time!! 😊😊😊 2y
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AlaMich That sounds very intriguing! 2y
JenReadsAlot I loved this book!! 2y
emilyhaldi Sounds great, and perfect for this prompt! 2y
TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 2y
janeycanuck Her new one is also excellent, though this is still my favourite of the two. I saw her speak a few weeks ago and while signing my book, she told me this one is based on her grandmother‘s life. So incredible. 2y
Cinfhen That is incredible @janeycanuck I hope my OverDrive has her new book 2y
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sprainedbrain
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I have a lot of books that have two-word titles, so I decided to make a pile of some that I have read and loved, and a second pile of some that I still need to read. 😃

#AndItsAugust #TwoWordTitles

Cinfhen I really liked Three Souls and (edited) 3y
mellisarock Sleeping Giants is on my to buy list! 3y
janeycanuck Three Souls is one of my favs! She released a new one this year that's on my stack for August! 3y
Caryl Alias Grace ❤️ 3y
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Cinfhen
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Day 14 #JuneTunz As the story begins, Song Leiyin is observing her own funeral and has no memory of her past life. She can not enter the #AfterLife without first atoning for her previous wrongdoings. Her three souls—yin, yang, and hun—help her begin to recover her memories so that she can earn a chance for reincarnation. Set in 1920's China, really fascinating👻👻👻New song & group for me..thanks to @Bookworm54

Kalalalatja That sounds sp interesting! 👍 3y
emilyhaldi This sounds terrifying 😳 3y
Cinfhen This was actually a great historical fiction ~ really well done @Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi I would easily recommend this one💗 3y
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Literary_Siren Sounds like my kind of book! I absolutely love Avenged Sevenfold! One of my favorite bands! 🤘🏻 3y
RachelO Sounds great! 3y
sprainedbrain Awesome song from an incredible band! ❤️ @Bookworm54 (edited) 3y
janeycanuck This is one of my favourites! Have you read her new one yet? 3y
Cinfhen No!!!! But I will definitely look it up ~ thanks @janeycanuck 3y
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janeycanuck
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I love this book... The three souls and Leiyin always felt like they were #floating above everything else. The writing and story were so wonderful. I have Janie Chang's new book on my TBR. Maybe I should pull it out for this weekend. #junebookbugs

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Shannonritchie92
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I feel like this book isn't incredibly well known. I saw it on a FB post where someone asked for book recommendations and this was one of the comments. It took a while to get into but after a few chapters I was hooked. The characters, the settings and the insight into the world of 1935 China were gripping. Would definitely recommend! Truly beautiful!