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This is the remarkable story of Hannah Easton, a unique woman born in the American colonies in 1670. Inquisitive, vital, and awake to her own possibilities Hannah travels to Mughal, India, with her husband, an English trader. There she sets her own course, translating herself into the Salem Bibi, the white lover of a Hindu raja.
It is also the story of Beigh Masters, born in New England in the mid-20th century, an "asset-hunter" who stumbles on the scattered record of her distant relative's life while tracking a legendary diamond. As Beigh pieces together the details of Hannah's journeys, she finds herself drawn into the most intimate and spellbiding fabric of that remote life.
"In this celebration of a life lived three centuries ago, Ms. Mukherjee discovers for us in Hanna a woman whose triumph is one of courage, of unyielding passion, of the obstinate will to survive." -The New York Times
"Daring...Explosive...A wonderfully absorbing story that sets two times, two places, and several cultures against each other in the most convincing of ways...[A] superb and visionary work."--San Francisco Chronicle