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The Phoenix Crown: A Novel by Kate Quinn
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The Phoenix Crown: A Novel (original 2024; edition 2024)

by Kate Quinn (Author)

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From bestselling authors Janie Chang and Kate Quinn, a thrilling and unforgettable narrative about the intertwined lives of two wronged women, spanning from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the glittering palaces of Versailles.

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.

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Title:The Phoenix Crown: A Novel
Authors:Kate Quinn (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2024), 400 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***
Tags:historical fiction, San Francisco, 1906 earthquake, China town, 2024

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The Phoenix Crown by Kate Quinn (2024)

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I could not get into this story. I just didn’t care about the main characters and found it a slow, rather predictable read. ( )
  csobolak | Jun 2, 2024 |
Four women, from disparate backgrounds, find themselves in San Francisco experiencing the 1906 earthquake and seeking revenge against a wealth protagonist who is dashing and smarmy who collects fine Asian artifact, clothing and accessories like the Phoenix Crown and rare plants. I enjoyed the descriptions of Chinatown and SF. It’s an entertaining mystery of a Chinese laundry girl, an opera singer, an artist and a botanist up against wealth and prejudice. ( )
  bblum | May 27, 2024 |
I’ll cut straight to the chase… The Phoenix Crown is a must–read for historical fiction lovers and, really, just about anyone who loves reading strong female characters.

From this novel’s opening page, I was captivated by Kate Quinn and Janie Chang’s strikingly evocative narrative.

The fictional tapestry within which the authors have woven real historical people and events is vivid and alive; the folly and decadence of high society against a backdrop of racial tension reaching fever pitch in San Francisco’s Chinatown at the turn of the 1900s.

The feisty women centre stage are barely contained by this novel’s pages. Continue reading: https://www.bookloverbookreviews.com/2024/02/the-phoenix-crown-kate-quinn-janie-... ( )
  BookloverBookReviews | Apr 20, 2024 |
Enjoyable book focusing on 4 women who encounter a man just before the SF earthquake. Even though it was a major event I have not read much about it but this was an interesting story. I especially loved that Alice was actually a real person. Some nice twists and turns. ( )
  shazjhb | Mar 19, 2024 |
Great detail of a fascinating period. Liked the dual authors' note at the end as well. ( )
  bookczuk | Mar 9, 2024 |
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

From bestselling authors Janie Chang and Kate Quinn, a thrilling and unforgettable narrative about the intertwined lives of two wronged women, spanning from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the glittering palaces of Versailles.

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.

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