A dramatic, sweeping love story set during World War II in Melbourne and Shanghai, inspired by a true story. Mirabel, a 17-year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a handsome Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne. When their affair is discovered, and JJ is posted back to China, Mirabel decides to follow him to Shanghai. But China is in the throes of civil war and the Communist army is advancing...Will Mirabel find JJ before it's too late?
Gabrielle Wang's novel The Garden of Empress Cassia won the 2002 Aurealis Award, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and was a CBC Notable Book. The Pearl of Tiger Bay was shortlisted for the 2004 Aurealis Award, and The Lion Drummer was named a Notable Book in the 2009 CBC Book of the Year Awards. A Ghost in My Suitcase was released in 2009.