Everything Under the Heavens

Everything Under the Heavens

Book - 2014
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"Raised in a prosperous family of 14th century Chinese merchants, by the age of sixteen Wu Johanna's world reaches from Japan in the east to Tajikistan in the west. It's a world seen from camelback, through tent flaps, and in the cool, shaded caravanserai where travelers and traders gather along the Silk Road. Hers is a world of spice merchants and pearl divers, bandits and troubadours, servants and sheikhs. A world in which trust is more valuable than gold, and the right name can unlock a network of contacts from Japan to North Africa. Johanna is, after all, the granddaughter of Marco Polo. In the wake of her father's death, however, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little. Amid the shifting dynastic loyalities and political maneuverings of the Khan's disintegrating court, she must leave almost everyone and everything she knows behind. If she's to find a fture for herself, it will mean crossing thevast expanse of Asia to the very edge of the known world."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Portland, OR : 2014. Gere Donovan Press,
ISBN: 9781936666997
Branch Call Number: AF STAB


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Nov 27, 2015

I loved this book. I was searching for a new Dana Stabenow and came across this by accident. I had no idea she wrote historical fiction. It is rich in the very early history of the east and mid-east, a lot of which I knew, but she gave me a much better understanding of the attitudes of the regions. I have never been able to understand the mindset of war and terrorism of today. This gave me a bit of understanding of the attitude that goes back a thousand years. It wasn't meant to change my mind, just to inform. My attitudes are still my own. When my turn comes up I will recommend it to my book club.

Oct 30, 2014

I was very disappointed in this first book of a series. After being totally engaged in the Kate Shugak series I had expectations that this would be on the same level. But no, sadly, it reads like a teen novel. I couldn't even finish it.

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