“A sensual, slim and breathless novel.”
—The New Yorker
“Nabokov meets Dream of the Red Chamber… A lyrical tale of crossed borders, boundaries and destinies, expertly told.”
—Kirkus, starred review
A sweeping story of passion and obsession, set against the upheavals of 19th-century imperial China, by New York Times bestselling author Da Chen.
When Samuel Pickens’ 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. Da takes us deeply into an epic saga of 19th century China, where one man searches for his destiny and a forbidden love.
Da Chen grew up in China and graduated from Columbia University Law School. Brothers, his first work of fiction, made the 2006 best book lists of the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Publishers Weekly. His other books include the New York Times bestselling memoir Colors of the Mountain; Sounds of the River; the children’s books Wandering Warrior, The Sword, and China’s Son; and the acclaimed 2012 novel My Last Empress. He lives in California with his wife and two children.