The Empress Letters by Linda Rogers

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In a series of letters written while on board the Empress of Asia, en route from Victoria to Shanghai, Poppy von Stronheim Mandeville explains the secret history of her family to her daughter, Precious. From the activities of her opium and rum smuggling mother, to the truth behind Precious conception, Poppy must unravel the secrets that her mother kept from her, and that Poppy has until now kept from Precious. A world of lies, etiquette and whispers, The Empress Letters shows both the fantasy and dark reality of Victoria in the early 20th century.

About Linda Rogers

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A well-known teacher, broadcaster, and poet, Linda Rogers has also edited several volumes of Guernica's Writers Series. Her previous novel, Say My Name, was published by Ekstasis Editions. The Bursting Test, a collection of poetry, was published in late 2002 by Guernica Editions. Linda is a past president of The League of Canadian Poets. She lives in Victoria, BC.
Published May 12, 2007 by Cormorant Books Inc.. 270 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction