From New York Times bestselling author Yangsze Choo, a historical novel for fans of Min Jin Lee, Lisa See, and Isabel Allende, about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy brought together by an old Chinese folktale about men who turn into tigers
THE NIGHT TIGER
by Yangsze Choo
Flatiron Books, February 2019
When 9-year-old Ren’s master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy: that Ren will find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body. Ren has 40 days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peace. Ji Lin always wanted to be a doctor, but as a girl in 1930s Malaysia, apprentice dressmaker is a more suitable occupation. Secretly, though, Ji Lin also moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her beloved mother’s Mahjong debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir: a severed finger. Convinced the finger is bad luck, Ji Lin enlists the help of her erstwhile stepbrother to return it to its rightful owner. As the 40 days tick down, and a prowling tiger wreaks havoc on the town, Ji Lin and Ren’s lives intertwine in ways they could never have imagined. Propulsive and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love. Braided through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.
Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked in various corporate jobs before publishing her first novel, The Ghost Bride, a New York Times bestseller.