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HCCC's First Book in Common

by Lotta Sanchez on 2021-06-30T09:00:00-04:00 | Comments

The HCCC Libraries and the Department of English/ESL are excited to announce the first HCCC Book in Common, The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo.


Published by in 2020, Vo's debut novella is summarized by her publisher:

A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.


Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor's lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for.


At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She's a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.

Visit the Libraries to pick up your copy today and join us throughout the summer for book clubs, presentations, and interactive workshops designed to actively engage with The Empress of Salt and Fortune. Join us for a kickoff event June 30 at 5 p.m. on Twitch

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