The Courtesan is an astonishing tale inspired by the real life of a woman who lived and loved in the twilight of the Qing dynasty. To this day, Sai Jinhua is a legend in her native land of China, where she was traded as a concubine, traveled to Europe as an exotic specimen, and returned to a changed and changing country, at last in conversation with the West.
Alexandra Gambrill Curry has spent happy years living in Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. A graduate of Wellesley College, she now lives in Atlanta. The Courtesan is her first novel.