The debut novel from Jadie Jang is an action-packed urban fantasy delivering a bold new take on the Monkey King in San Francisco - complete with murder and mayhem!

San Francisco has a Monkey King — and she's freaking out.

Barista, activist, and were-monkey Maya McQueen was well on her way to figuring herself out. Well, part of the way. 25% of the way. If you squint.

But now the Bay Area is being shaken up. Occupy Wall Street has come home to roost; and on the supernatural side there’s disappearances, shapeshifter murders, and the city’s spirit trying to find its guardian.

Maya doesn’t have a lot of time before chaos turns up at her door, and she needs to solve all of her problems. Well, most of them. The urgent ones, anyhow.

But who says the solutions have to be neat? Because Monkey is always out for mischief.


“Engaging characters, intriguing creatures, and thrilling action scenes.” – BuzzFeed


“Jang has put a wonderful amount of thought into a brisk, action-packed story.” -- Sia, Every Book a Doorway


"Jadie Jang’s kaleidoscopic debut is a fresh, original take on the Chinese mythical figure the Monkey King, repackaged in a spellbinding urban fantasy." -- Ms. Magazine


"Immensely enjoyable urban fantasy." -- K.J. Charles, author of A Charm of Magpies series

Monkey Around by Jadie Jang

  • Solaris 2021

    New paperback

    405 pages