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Published Date : November 13, 2011
American merchant Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond is at the forefront of the New World. His trading empire faces pirates, violent storms, and illness as it forges new paths across the Pacific Ocean, opening new markets in Hawaii, Mexico, and China. It is there he meets the beautiful Lady Yee, the Silver Lotus, prized daughter of a wealthy Cantonese merchant family. A great love is born, and their adventures will shape their lives—their love will transcend borders, oceans, and cultures, and their marriage will eventually serve as a foundation for the growth and development of the Northern California coast.
Steeped in the rich culture of the Orient and set against the burgeoning trading routes of the Pacific Rim, The Silver Lotus presents Steinbeck’s most moving and textured narrative to date. Readers of both Lisa See and Patrick O’Brien will be drawn to this rich historical tapestry that examines how industry, adventure, and love served as the building blocks of the thriving California waterfront.
THOMAS STEINBECK began his career as a combat photographer in Vietnam. Along with his writing and producing obligations, Steinbeck is in demand as a public speaker where he lectures on numerous subjects, particularly history and literature as they relate to current events. He is the author of Down to a Soundless Sea and In the Shadow of the Cypress.He has written numerous original screenplays and documentaries, as well as adaptations of his father’s work. Thomas Steinbeck lives in California with his wife.
Praise for The Silver Lotus
“The oldest son of Nobel laureate John, former Vietnam photographer Steinbeck writes a sturdy historical with a heavy dose of romance . . . Plentiful historical details, vibrant descriptions, and a strong protagonist in the indomitable Lady Yee give his narrative great emotional depth.” —Publishers Weekly
“Embracing romance, coming-of-age, adventure, and historical fiction, this novel will easily delight fans of these genres. It will also appeal to American literature lovers and loyal readers of the venerable John Steinbeck.” —Library Journal