The Nine Fold Heaven

Kensington Publishing Corp.
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A novel of love and espionage in 1930s Shanghai, by an author with “a unique and enthralling style” (Baltimore Books Examiner).
 
When Shadow competed with the beautiful nightclub singer Camilla for the affections of organized crime leader Master Lung, she almost lost everything. Hiding out in Hong Kong, performing in a run-down circus, Shadow has no idea that Camilla, too, is on the run with her lover, Jinying—Lung’s son.
 
Yet while Camilla and Shadow were once enemies, now their only hope of freedom lies in joining forces to eliminate the ruthless Big Brother Wang. Despite the danger, Shadow, Camilla, and Jinying return to Shanghai. But Camilla also has her own secret agenda: She has heard a rumor that her son is alive. And in a city teeming with spies and rivals—including the vengeful Rainbow Chang—each battles for a future in a country on the verge of monumental change.
 
From the author of Skeleton Women and Secret of a Thousand Beauties, this is a tale of adventure, suspense, and danger rich with historical atmosphere.
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About the author

Mingmei Yip was born in China and received her PhD from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. She has written for major Hong Kong newspapers, and has appeared on many national and international television and radio programs. She immigrated to the United States in 1992, where she now lives in New York City with her husband. Her novels have been published in ten different languages and she is also an accomplished musician and calligrapher. Visit her at www.mingmeiyip.com.
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Publisher
Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Published on
Jun 25, 2013
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Pages
321
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ISBN
9780758286239
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Asian American
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Women
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“Riveting . . . A rare peek into an exotic culture that is thrilling, captivating, and moving.” —Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride
 
“In the sure voice of Precious Orchid, Mingmei Yip recounts thirteen tumultuous years of Chinese history: vicious politics, pristine piety and heartrending scandal, framed in the classical arts. She writes with a painter’s fastidious eye and the irresistible energy of grand storytelling. The pages just turn themselves.” —Neal Chandler, director, Creative Writing Program of Cleveland State University
 
“Peach Blossom Pavilion, story of the last geisha in China, is told with amazing insight as if the author had lived in the tumultuous China of a century ago. Through her beautiful, lucid prose, Mingmei brings modern Western readers into the mysterious world of the cultivated courtesan.” —Hannelore Hahn, founder and executive director, International Women’s Writing Guild
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