The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

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by Maureen Lindley
     
 

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An electrifying epic, based on the incredible true story of a Chinese princess turned spy.

Peking, 1914. When the eight-year-old princess Eastern Jewel is caught spying on her father's liaison with a servant girl, she is banished from the palace, sent to live with a powerful family in Japan. Renamed Yoshiko Kawashima, she quickly falls

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An electrifying epic, based on the incredible true story of a Chinese princess turned spy.

Peking, 1914. When the eight-year-old princess Eastern Jewel is caught spying on her father's liaison with a servant girl, she is banished from the palace, sent to live with a powerful family in Japan. Renamed Yoshiko Kawashima, she quickly falls in love with her adoptive country, where she earns a scandalous reputation, taking fencing lessons, smoking opium, and entertaining numerous lovers. Sent to Mongolia to become an obedient wife, Yoshiko mounts a daring escape and eventually finds her way back to Peking high society--this time with orders from the Japanese secret service.

Based on the true story of a rebellious woman who earned a controversial place in history, The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel is a vibrant reimagining of a thrilling life--a rich historical epic of palace intrigue, sexual manipulation, and international espionage.

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Editorial Reviews

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Intriguing... Elevates a fascinating bit player to the main stage by reimagining the twists and turns of her extraordinary life.
author of Wild Swans Jung Chang
Riveting—Maureen Lindley brings Eastern Jewel and her world vividly to life with a wealth of fascinating details in this captivating novel.
bestselling author of Falling Leaves Adeline Yen Mah
A breathtaking account of a ruthless and beautiful princess who betrays her heritage to spy for the Japanese.
Mail on Sunday (UK)
An exotic story of sexual promiscuity, opium and opulence… A promising work.
Harper's Bazaar (UK)
Essential … The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel proves fact is stranger than fiction. It's a thrilling read.
Publishers Weekly
Based on the life of a Qing dynasty princess, this engrossing debut gives the rebellious Eastern Jewel a sensuous, unsentimental voice that draws admiration despite remorseless selfishness. In 1914 Manchuria, the curious, headstrong eight-year-old is sent to live with her father's blood brother Kawashima, who adopts her and renames her Yoshiko. She settles into her new life as a second-tier family member, at odds with the stepmother she secretly longs to please. Precocious, rebellious and beautiful, Yoshiko loses her virginity to her adopted grandfather at 15 and is seduced by her adopted father a year later; her further sexual adventures eventually leave her sterile. Inevitably, Kawashima marries her off, to a Mongolian prince. Unhappy in Mongolia, Yoshiko escapes to Tokyo, where she becomes a professional mistress, and then to Shanghai. As Japan and China tumble into war, one of Yoshiko's new lovers recruits her as a spy; American reporter Jack Stone soon arrives to further complicate matters of loyalty and righteousness. This lush, challenging portrait of a woman who dared to make her own choices—bad though they were—in terrible, oppressive times also makes a steamy historical beach read. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596917033
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.83(d)

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