Author Margaret Zee Shares Love Story in A PALACE IN PEKING
A woman's love for an extraordinary man and a legendary city defies the horrors and tragedy of world war in A Palace in Peking. This book is a true-to-life story about true-to-life characters experiencing historic events recorded with accuracy. Margaret Zee aims that it will increase viewers' awareness of the charm, joy, and beauty of Old Peking and the life lived there. The overall effect of this heartwarming volume should be uplifting, musical, and magical.
A Palace in Peking is a tender and passionate story of love, friendship, and war. David Clierce is a talented musician who has grown up in Peking, China, the son of an American diplomat who gave up diplomacy to become a reclusive scholar of Chinese literature. Daria Krasnova is the illegitimate daughter of a White Russian mother exiled from Russia during the Communist revolution. Their love story unfolds during a brief period of China's history when the ancient capital, Peking, was a relatively peaceful haven for adventuresome spirits from all corners of the earth. The events and characters of the novel are fictional creations of the author's imagination, but it would hardly be accurate to say that any resemblance to real persons or incidents is purely accidental. The individuality and eccentricity of members of the multinational foreign community and the personalities of Chinese friends and acquaintances provided an inexhaustible source of inspiration. In this novel, the author seeks to evoke a truly magical moment in history: that vanished world in which a fortunate few were privileged to dwell, all too briefly.
The book's emphasis is on the charm of the great ancient capital and the humor and romance of the young lovers. Their involvement in the civil war in China adds suspense and affords insight into the relationships of Chinese and Americans, realistically depicted.