Kaifeng Chronicles

The first in a series of novellas

18 Cranes

Profrac Books, 2018 

ISBN: 9781775316206 (paper), 9781775316213 (ebook)


Twenty-three year old, Li Bing, son of a vice-prefect, writes the provincial level civil service examination in Hangzhou, China, in the year 1630, just over a decade prior to the demise of the Ming dynasty. The story unfolds over a six-week period, from the first day of the three-day examination cycle, to the day when the results are announced.

Throughout this brief period, Bing is haunted by a recurring dream of eighteen cranes. He explores its possible meaning with his father, maternal grandfather, and the young woman he is destined to marry. He learns much more than he could have imagined.

I am planning eight more novellas for this series that will follow Li Bing's life up to the destruction of the city of Kaifeng in 1642.

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Mandarin Ducks

The second book in the Kaifeng Chronicles series. Coming later this year.