A sweeping historical novel of Mexico during the short, tragic, at times surreal, reign of Emperor Maximilian and his court. As the American Civil War raged north of the border, a group of Mexican conservatives and clergy convinced Louis Napoleon to invade Mexico and install the Archduke of Austria, Maximilian von Hapsburg, as Emperor. The childless Maximilian later took custody of a half-American child to make the toddler his heir presumptive. Maximilian's reluctance to return the child to his distraught parents, even as his empire began to crumble, and the Empress Carlota descended into madness, ignited an international scandal. C.M. Mayo has been living in and writing about Mexico for many years. Her story collection, Sky over El Nido, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of a widely acclaimed travel memoir and is an avid translator and editor of contemporary Mexican literature. (booksense)
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