Click to preview When We Lived in Still Waters pocket and trade book

If I could read classical Chinese, the volumes of genealogy on my desk would recite to me the names of my ancestors, starting with the Tang dynasty poet Zhang Jiuling, and ending thirty-six generations later with my great-grandfather Zhang Paizhen, who squandered a fortune meant to last three generations.

But the actual stories about our family in the small Chinese town of Still Waters came from my father, who grew up hearing tales about our ancestors, whose encounters with ghosts, dragons and immortals were part of our family's identity. Here too are tales of wealth and poverty, ancient and recent ancestors both eminent and profligate, and most heart-rending of all, women imprisoned by the tyranny of home and convention.

After a long family tradition of oral history, it was time to document the stories, lives, and memoirs of the Zhang and Mao families, for our future generations.


About the Author

Janie Chang

Publish Date  November 25, 2009

Dimensions  Pocket  182 pgs Black and White printing (on cream uncoated paper)

Category  Biographies & Memoirs

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diane_da says

I was so sad to come to the end of Still Waters - I felt like I was losing family as I closed the book. This compelling family story transcends the exotic colors of China to give insights into all family relationships.

posted at 11:33am Feb 10 PST


CPKrieger says

This is terrific storytelling - a wonderful walk in foreign lands and ancient times. I especially love the Family Legends - rich details anf lyrical writing. Many Thanks to all the Mao and Zhang ancestors.

posted at 06:25pm Jan 08 PST


sandragant says

I loved the book and its "authentic" stories. Reading it motivated me to have discussions with relatives about my family and to go through piles of old photographs. I bought copies for my book club members to inspire them as well. Thank you Ms. Chang.

posted at 01:52pm Jan 02 PST


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