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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (50 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Steinbeck Narrator: Tandy Cronyn Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781470327712
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American merchant Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond is at the forefront of the New World. His trading empire faces pirates, violent storms, and illness as it forges new paths across the Pacific Ocean, opening new markets in Hawaii, Mexico, and China. It is there he meets the beautiful Lady Yee, the Silver Lotus, prized daughter of a wealthy Cantonese merchant family. A great love is born, and their adventures will shape their lives—their love will transcend borders, oceans, and cultures, and their marriage will eventually serve as a foundation for the growth and development of the Northern California coast.

Steeped in the rich culture of the Orient and set against the burgeoning trading routes of the Pacific Rim, The Silver Lotus presents Steinbeck’s most moving and textured narrative to date. Readers of both Lisa See and Patrick O’Brian will be drawn to this rich historical tapestry that examines how industry, adventure, and love served as the building blocks of the thriving California waterfront.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautifully crafted historical novel written with the grace and clarity of a folk tale.”

    T. C. Boyle

  • “A sturdy historical with a heavy dose of romance…Plentiful historical details, vibrant descriptions, and a strong protagonist in the indomitable Lady Yee give his narrative great emotional depth.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author’s eloquent phrasing and manipulation of ordinary words sets this work apart from the average historical novel.”

    ForeWord Reviews

  • “Steinbeck, son of the Nobel laureate, brings high-sea adventure to life in this historical novel set in the late 1800s…Embracing romance, coming-of-age, adventure, and historical fiction, this novel will easily delight fans of these genres. It will also appeal to American literature lovers and loyal readers of the venerable John Steinbeck.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Bradley-detally | 9/30/2013

    " Kept me interested; i usually like a more metaphoic and lyrical writer, but this is a good story, and I read a lot, and read a lot regarding Chinese people; wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/1/2013

    " Thomas Steinbeck is NOT John Steinbeck, but his love and knowledge of the historical Monterey Bay area makes for a good read. He is a good storyteller and anyone who lives or loves the area will really enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 8/26/2013

    " Engrossing, well-crafted page-turner. Settings in late 19c Canton, Monterey, and the High Seas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 8/12/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book, but it was a little too idealistic. I loved the strong, female heroine, but her perfection was a bit unrealistic. However, it was an interesting story about love and loss. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 7/6/2013

    " I may have learned something reading this book, but I could do without repeating the same information over and over. It was a slow read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shirlee | 3/22/2013

    " Boring read. Dry as heck. Nearly put it down but trooped through it. Author idealizes Lady Yee as the perfectly stoic, selfless, impeccably-mannered, prosperous Chinese woman. He does paint her as amazingly intelligent and adaptable, and makes her clairvoyant to boot. "

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About the Author

Thomas Steinbeck has sold numerous screenplays over the course of his career. He has also written several books of short works, including Down to a Soundless Sea, and several novels. Along with his writing and producing obligations, Mr. Steinbeck does a great deal of public speaking, lecturing on American literature, creative writing, and the communication arts and their benefits to contemporary society. He serves as an honorary board member at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood and the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, as well as the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California. He has been an active and verbal proponent of authors’ rights and in 2009 worked closely with his friend Arlo Guthrie in a successful initiative to implement an extension to the settlement negotiations between Google and the Author’s Guild.

About the Narrator

Tandy Cronyn was born in Los Angeles in 1945. She has appeared in many plays both on and off Broadway, and has also made several film and television appearances, including Twisted and Law & Order: Cruel and Unusual.