My Last Empress by Da Chen
A Novel

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Chen has crafted a novel that bravely delves into the darkest nooks of the emotional spectrum through the eyes of a narrator whose own sense of depravity collides with his earnest will to love.
-Toronto Star

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A sweeping story of passion and obsession, set against the upheavals of nineteenth-century imperial China, by the New York Times bestselling author Da Chen

When Samuel Pickens’s great love tragically loses her life, Samuel travels the globe, Annabelle always on his mind. Eventually, he comes face-to-face with the mirror image of his obsession in the last place he would expect and must discover her secrets and decide how far he will go for a woman he loves.

Da Chen immerses the reader in the world of the Chinese imperial palace, filled with ghosts and grief, where bewitching concubines, treacherous eunuchs, and fierce warlords battle for supremacy. Chen takes us deeply into an epic saga of nineteenth-century China, where one man searches for his destiny and a forbidden love.
 

About Da Chen

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DA CHEN grew up in China and graduated from Columbia University Law School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Brothers, Da Chen's acclaimed first work of fiction, made the 2006 best book lists at the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Publishers Weekly. Other books include the New York Times bestselling memoir Colors of the Mountain, Sounds of the River, Wandering Warrior and China's Son.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Crown. 290 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jason Beerman on Nov 30 2012

Chen has crafted a novel that bravely delves into the darkest nooks of the emotional spectrum through the eyes of a narrator whose own sense of depravity collides with his earnest will to love.

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