The San Diego Participant Observer Book of the Month is The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

At the heart of this book are beautiful characters, and a captivating story filled with Chinese mythology, superstition, and culture. The setting is 1930s Malaya and it follows the lives of Ji Lin, a young woman making sacrifices to help pay off her mother’s debt and Ren, a young boy trying to find his former master’s lost finger, so his master’s spirit will not wander for eternity.

It’s an alluring love story with a touch of mystery that will take the reader to a world that is equal parts mysticism and reality. This is a book with many layers; some will warm your heart and some will intrigue. Recommend for those that love beautiful prose, magical realism or reading about new cultures.—Princeton Book Review

Yangsze Choo is a Malaysian writer of Chinese descent. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard, she worked as a management consultant before writing her New York Times bestselling debut novel. The Ghost Bride, now a Netflix Original series.