Empress Orchid, the first of Anchee
Min's two novels about Empress Tzu Hsi the reader
meets the young girl, later to be known as Orchid,
and her impoverished mother, on their way to Beijing
to bury Orchid's recently deceased father. Once in
Beijing, Orchid learns that the young Emperor Hsien
Feng is looking for brides who, to preserve the
purity of the Imperial line, must be Manchurian,
which she is. She is chosen and exchanges a life of
poverty for the restricted life of a third-grade
concubine in the Forbidden City.
Through wily maneuvering she seduces the Emperor and bares him his first son, who is five years old when declared Emperor on the death of his father. To ensure that both she and her son stay alive, Orchid, who ...
Become a Member
and discover your next great read!
Win the book & DVD
Enter to win The World of Poldark and the full first series on DVD.
Solve this clue:
and be entered to win..
Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.
Your guide toexceptional books
BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.