Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 384 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2023
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San Francisco, 1906. In a city bustling with newly minted millionaires and scheming upstarts, two very different women hope to change their fortunes: Gemma, a golden-haired, silver-voiced soprano whose career desperately needs rekindling, and Suling, a petite and resolute Chinatown embroideress who is determined to escape an arranged marriage. Their paths cross when they are drawn into the orbit of Henry Thornton, a charming railroad magnate whose extraordinary collection of Chinese antiques includes the fabled Phoenix Crown, a legendary relic of Beijing’s fallen Summer Palace.
His patronage offers Gemma and Suling the chance of a lifetime, but their lives are thrown into turmoil when a devastating earthquake rips San Francisco apart and Thornton disappears, leaving behind a mystery reaching further than anyone could have imagined . . . until the Phoenix Crown reappears five years later at a sumptuous Paris costume ball, drawing Gemma and Suling together in one last desperate quest for justice.
About Kate Quinn
Kate Quinn is a bestselling author of historical fiction. Her works include the Empress of Rome Saga, The Alice Network, The Huntress, The Diamond Eye, and The Rose Code. She is also the co-author of The Phoenix Crown, with Janie Chang. Visit the author’s website →
About Janie Chang
Janie Chang is an author whose works include Three Souls, Dragon Springs Road, The Porcelain Moon, and The Library of Legends. She is also the co-author of The Phoenix Crown, with Kate Quinn. Born in Taiwan, Chang has lived in many countries around the world. Currently, she lives in Vancouver, Canada. Visit the author’s website →