The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

Book - 2019 | First Edition
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Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother's Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master's dying wish: that Ren find the man's finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master's soul will wander the earth forever. As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths racks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren's increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes. Yangsze Choo's The Night Tiger pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzling, propulsive novel is the intimate coming-of-age of a child and a young woman, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250175458
1250175453
9781250229175
1250229170
Branch Call Number: FIC CHO
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 25 cm

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"Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother's Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for.... Read More »

Based on Chinese mythology, this book tells the story of Ren and Ji Lin, whose lives intertwine over the severed finger of Ren's master. Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook.


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Memawrayne
Dec 13, 2019

A nice blend of romance, mystery, and fantasy. Some things (explanations) were not believable--more like 6th sense or esp. Maybe I'm just too cynical.

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laphampeak
Jul 30, 2019

Who'd have known a book about a missing finger could be so entrancing? Add mystery, foreign setting, folk religion, and the interesting dysfunctional family setting and you have a concoction that kept me intrigued.

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libraryvol
Jul 15, 2019

Wonderfully crafted story on the theme "be careful of what you wish". Reminded me of The Monkey's Paw short story by W W Jacobs that I read years ago in school.

JessicaGma Jul 05, 2019

A very atmospheric mystery set in Malaysia where you're not quite sure who is going to help or hinder the protagonists. The folklore gets explained well, along with the magic elements. This is a great read, especially if you want to travel in your armchair.

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Linyarai
Jul 05, 2019

This was a really pleasant mystery/ghost story/romance. I didn't find the characters were very deep or remarkable, but I enjoyed the story.

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MerryBB
Jul 03, 2019

This book was a surprisingly engaging novel featuring natural and supernatural elements well blended into poignant themes addressing gender and tradition. I enjoyed and appreciated the author’s ability to deliver captivating material to an audience not familiar with the culture and folklore surrounding the subject matter. I leapt into this book with little background and an open mind and definitely was pleasantly surprised.

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jac523
Mar 27, 2019

The Night Tiger was magical! I loved how the author pulled together multiple narratives and the sense of atmosphere that was apparent throughout. Since I'm a huge historical fiction fan, I also really enjoyed the historical detail of Malaysia.

SCL_Tricia Mar 15, 2019

I enjoyed this book. It was a little slow at the beginning and I never did find that it was a "page-turner" but the setting was well done and the magical realism was intriguing. This one won't keep you up at night wanting to read another chapter but it is a good story.

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farbrite
Feb 23, 2019

Just finished The Night Tiger and loved it. It's a bit slow--languorous--at the beginning, but I could hardly put it down for the last 100 pages. Much of the story relates to the spirit world, but there's also mystery, danger and love. For me there was the extra pleasure of its setting, Malaya in 1931, as I was there for several years a long time ago. Terima kasih, Yangsze Choo! Please write another book soon!

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

We were a chocolate-box family, I thought. Brightly wrapped on the outside and oozing sticky darkness within.

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