Empire Of Yearning by Oakland Ross

Empire Of Yearning

byOakland Ross

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On a rainy afternoon in 1864, a gunman enters a Mexico City restaurant armed with an antiquated English flintlock pistol. His purpose: to assassinate a conservative army officer named General Leonardo Márquez.

The plan goes hopelessly awry, and it is left to the gunman’s lifelong friend, a bookish young Mexican named Diego Serrano, to pick up the pieces—if he can.

But Mexico is in turmoil, bankrupt and riven by war, with its liberal president, Benito Juárez, in northern exile and an Austrian noble on a precarious throne. In these powder keg circumstances, the bungled assassination sets off an explosive chain reaction: a drama of loyalty and deceit, honour and dishonour, that unfolds against a backdrop of imperial splendour and brutal conflict. Diego is eventually forced to make an irreversible choice, and his decision has seismic consequences for him and his nation.

Seamlessly blending history and invention, The Empire of Yearning is an irresistible sequel to The Dark Virgin, and takes its readers on a breakneck ride toward a stunning finale.

About The Author

OAKLAND ROSS is the author of the novelThe Dark Virgin, the travel memoirA Fire on the Mountains, andGuerrilla Beach, a collection of short stories that was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. He is a features writer for the Toronto Star and spent several years as the Star’s Middle East correspondent. He previously lived in Zimbab...
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Title:Empire Of YearningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0002255251

ISBN - 13:9780002255257

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Praise for The Dark Virgin:

"A sweeping account . . . exciting and affecting: Ross is sensitive to the exigencies of fate and outraged by theinjustices of history." - NATIONAL POST

"Ross does for Cortés and the Aztecs what James Clavell did for Samurai in Shogun." - HOT TYPE, CBC NEWSWORLD

"It's about time somebody came along and wrote a great conquest-of-Mexico novel." - TORONTO STAR