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A juicy historical novel about one of history's little-known heroines during a volatile period-19th century Vienna's Habsburg Empress Elizabeth, oSisi.o
ALLISON PATAKI is the author of the bestselling novels The Traitor's Wife and The Accidental Empress. The daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, Allison was inspired to write about Sisi thanks to her family's deep roots in the former Habsburg empire of Austria-Hungary. Allison is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization, ReConnect Hungary. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in English and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and FoxNews.com, and is a member of The Historical Novel Society. She lives in Chicago with her husband.
"[Allison] Pataki successfully juggles numerous political and personal plot lines while maintaining her focus on a fascinating central character. Extensive notes reveal the author's attention to detail and explain where the novel diverges from the historical record. . . . Readers of Pataki's first book will want to know the rest of Sisi's story, but this novel stands on its own for historical fiction fans."--Library Journal "Sisi is a deeply moving book about a complex character."--BookPage "A satisfying saga of the late Habsburg period."--Kirkus Reviews "Pataki's extensive historical research is evident as she deftly explores the complex life of a woman who was both loved and hated by those whom she ruled. . . . Pataki brings richness and relevance to the story of the woman who worked tirelessly to protect the face of an empire."--Publishers Weekly "Allison Pataki simply stuns me with each new book. I savor each page. Sisi is her best yet!"--Kathie Lee Gifford "Readers will enjoy the glorious dilemma of whether to turn the pages swiftly, breathlessly following Empress Sisi from one astonishing, heartbreaking adventure to the next, or to linger and luxuriate in Allison Pataki's vivid, sumptuous descriptions of the Habsburg court."--Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker "This entire novel is irresistible--completely impossible to put down! Pataki reimagines the reign of the nineteenth-century Princess Diana in this stunning book."--Michelle Moran, internationally bestselling author of Rebel Queen "Emotional, exuberant, masterly, Sisi swept me into the glittering, treacherous world of the waning Habsburg empire. Allison Pataki's understanding of the Empress Elisabeth is nothing short of miraculous. A must-read."--Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe "Sisi delivers on all fronts: intrigue, love triangles, deception, heartbreak, and triumph. This is a wonderful read."--Deeanne Gist, international bestselling author of Tiffany Girl "The tumultuous world of mid-nineteenth-century royalty comes to stunning life in this sweeping novel about the courageous, defiant empress who sought her own survival amid rivalry, betrayal, and tragedy."--C. W. Gortner, internationally bestselling author of The Vatican Princess "From luscious moonlit gardens to sumptuous castles, the settings of Sisi are as dazzling as those of Vienna's Imperial Court. Pataki resurrects the unforgettable Empress Elisabeth in a rich and exquisite tragedy of passion and heartbreak--a true tour de force."--Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl "Beautifully written, meticulously researched, and powerfully evocative, Sisi humanizes one of the great female figures of history."--Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, authors of America's First Daughter "Allison Pataki has written a nuanced and compelling account of that ever-glamorous heroine, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, immortalized as 'Sisi.' Pataki's sublimely readable prose is the perfect vehicle for a tale that spans thirty years and settings from Corfu to Hungary to Ireland. The glamour and the heartache of Sisi's life will keep you riveted."--Carol Wallace, author of Leaving Van Gogh From the Hardcover edition.