My Last Empress Reviews
"Starred Review. Nabokov meets Dream of the Red Chamber...A lyrical tale of crossed borders, boundaries and destinies, expertly told." Kirkus
"A wonderful tale of passionate obsession
the prose is elegantly inviting." Library Journal
"The best romance stories are always the most fearless
Sweeps you away with visions of a bygone age of royal extravagance
Fans of sweeping historical romance like Gone with the Wind and Ian McEwan's Atonement, as well as fans of transgressive sexual explorations like Nabokov's Lolita, will find another engrossing story in My Last Empress. It's both moving and frightening, dark and hopeful, gut-wrenching and inspiring. Chen has delivered another powerful work in an already stellar career." - Bookpage
"Steeped in the language and colors of an Asia long gone
Chen's 19th-century tale of obsession explores the line between love and madness." - Publishers Weekly
"In My Last Empress, Da Chen pushes the reader into the strangest corners of the human heart, with a style of pure creepy gorgeousness. Like a fan opening, vane by mysterious vane." - Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint it Black
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