Lapierre is French by birth but fluent in English; she did her graduate degree in film at UCLA, and lived for many years in the U.S. She is the author of many international bestsellers, two of which have been published in the US: Artemesia, the biography of the only celebrated woman painter of the Renaissance, (Grove Atlantic, 2000) and Fanny Stevenson (Carroll and Graf, 1995). She is a consummate and dynamic promoter, passionate, erudite and charming. Touring for Artemisia she captivated audiences at the Metropolitan Museum, the Getty Museum, the Fogg and many others.
Between Love and Honorby Alexandra Lapierre
Immersed in imperial court
In 1839, after decades of conflict, the Russian army and the Muslims of Chechnya are on the verge of a truce. To prove his commitment to peace, warrior chief Imam Shamil offers a hostage: his son Jamal Eddin. But once the truce is signed, the Russians spirit Jamal Eddin back to Russia, where Czar Nicholas “adopts” the boy.
Immersed in imperial court life, Jamal Eddin matures into the consummate courtier. Still he maintains his Muslim faith until he falls in love with a beautiful Russian aristocrat. To marry her Jamal Eddin must convert to Christianity, a sacrifice he is prepared to make. But his devotion to his bride will be pitted against his duty to his homeland when Jamal Eddin is called to take his rightful place leading the Muslims.
Based on a true story, this sweeping historical novel chronicles the coming-of-age of a young man torn by impossible choices wrought by love and conflicting loyalties.
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