RIVER OF SMOKE.
Edition: First US printing.
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011. An historical novel set in 19th century Asia. "The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua.. . All will converge in Canton's Fanqui-town, or Foreign Enclave. . a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars." 517 pp. ISBN: 978-0374174231.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.