Author: J. Sidorova
Original language: English
Publisher: Scribner, New York, 2013
A stunning new ebook original story by J. M. Sidorova
Includes an exclusive excerpt of Sidorova’s acclaimed debut novel,
In April 1814, just days after Napol?on’s defeat by the coalition of the European powers, Prince Alexander Velitzyn, the hero of
Hidden behind costume and makeup, twenty-two-year-old Cherie performs a daily show in the Palais-Royal, a noble palace where shopkeepers and showgirls have set up all manner of risqu? commerce—boutiques, gambling rooms, and pubs designed to satiate every desire of the senses. Cherie, though, is an unusual act. Her feat relies on physics, not trickery.
She is a young woman making do with the fate she’s been dealt—not just the terror of revolution, but her own, crippling coldness. Then, one evening, a wounded young soldier named Julien comes to her room, and what happens threatens to upend Cherie’s notion of the world and herself.