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Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
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Oct 15, 07

Read in October, 2007

this is true(ish) story of the last empress of China, how she is chosen to be a concubine, how she ends up falling in love with her husband, having his first born male - her role as mother of the future leader of China etc.
I found this book very interesting, and informative - things lie how all 7 wives would spend hours getting ready and waiting for the emporer, not allowed to do anything but sit still, only to be rejected or ignored by him time after time, the tricks they used etc.
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