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Empress

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Propelled by a shrewd intelligence, an extraordinary persistence, and a friendship with the imperial heir, Wu rose through the ranks to become the first Empress of China. And yet, from the moment of her death to the present day, her name has been sullied, her story distorted, and her memoirs obliterated by men taking vengeance on a women who dared become Emperor. This amazing historical novelization reveals a fascinating, complex figure who in many ways remains modern to this day.

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"Brilliant . . . illuminates the life and times of one of the ancient world's most powerful, capable, and overlooked women."--Booklist

"A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity."--Kirkus Reviews

"Luxurious and intelligent . . . part pageant, part politics as ballet; a lavish portrayal of life in early civilized China."--Alan Cheuse, NPR.org

Luxurious and intelligent . . . part pageant, part politics as ballet; a lavish portrayal of life in early civilized China. --Alan Cheuse, NPR.org"

A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity. --Kirkus Reviews"

Brilliant . . . illuminates the life and times of one of the ancient world s most powerful, capable, and overlooked women. --Booklist"

-Luxurious and intelligent . . . part pageant, part politics as ballet; a lavish portrayal of life in early civilized China.---Alan Cheuse, NPR.org

-A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity.---Kirkus Reviews

-Brilliant . . . illuminates the life and times of one of the ancient world's most powerful, capable, and overlooked women.---Booklist

From the Back Cover:

One of China's most controversial figures, Empress Wu was its first and only female emperor, emerging in the seventh century during the great Tang Dynasty to usher in a golden age. Throughout history, her name has been defamed and her story distorted. But now, after thirteen centuries, Empress Wu flings open the gates of the Forbidden City and tells her own astonishing tale--revealing a fascinating, complex figure who in many ways remains modern to this day.

Writing with epic assurance, poetry, and vivid historic detail, Shan Sa plumbs the psychological and philosophical depths of what it means to be a striving mortal in a tumultuous, power-hungry world. Empress is a great literary feat and a revelation for the ages.

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