“Chang’s book is dance-like: charismatic and light on its feet.”
- Sydney Morning Herald
“Hedonism and heritage collide in this vivid, engaging memoir.”
- The Weekly Review
“Told with grace, precision and unmatched elegance.”
- Benjamin Law (author, The Family Law)
“Gorgeously written and fascinating…..she’s a natural storyteller.”
- Leanne Hall (author, This is Shyness)
“The sort of read you won’t want to put down.”
- Underground Writers
“Gripping, honest and brave – a uniquely personal insight into the hidden hedonism of modern day China and a life lived between cultures.”
- Clare Atkins (author, Nona and Me)
“A story of intergenerational trauma, loss and culture woven into an unexpectedly wild journey across the world.”
- Deng Adut (writer, Songs of a War Boy.)
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From Sydney suburbia to the grey clouds of London, Jenevieve Chang has been running away for as long as she can remember. Now – along with other Westerners trying to escape the 2008 GFC – she has arrived in Shanghai, a city from her family’s past. But this glittering metropolis once known as the ‘Whore of the Orient’ throws up more hurdles than she bargains for.
As her marriage collapses and she struggles to fit in with this over-the-top new world, Jenevieve searches for a place to call home. And then she finds it – Chinatown, Shanghai’s first Vaudeville, Variety and Burlesque Club. But soon, Jenevieve finds herself more lost than ever as she realises that she must choose between the pleasure of propping up illusions, or the redemption of facing up to her past.
Vibrant, bold and raw, The Good Girl of Chinatown is a memoir weaving multiple narratives across three generations and continents. It is a story about the boundaries we choose to cross and the roles we choose to play. And it is a story about family and the ways we try –but sometimes fail – to be good for them.