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Opium and Absinthe: A Novel by [Lydia Kang]
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From the Editor

I love an unreliable narrator, and in Tillie Pembroke I may have found the most unreliable of all. She’s privileged, socially awkward, and hopelessly preoccupied with science. She has a tendency to exasperate with her incessant questioning and her insistence on facts and figures. The only one who understands her is her sister, Lucy. So when Lucy dies a very peculiar death, Tillie is of course devastated. And suspicious. All signs point to murder—and a most vampiric one at that.

But no one is interested in listening to Tillie’s theories about vampires. And it doesn’t help that Tillie finds herself a bit addled by the laudanum her doctor prescribed to treat a riding injury. She knows she shouldn’t take so much, but it relieves more than just physical pain. And strangely, those closest to her seem eager to keep her well supplied. Could it be they want to keep her quiet?

As more victims turn up, Tillie begins to suspect that she may be next. Is it all in her mind? Could it be the laudanum? Or is someone really intent on getting rid of her?

I loved watching Tillie try to solve the mystery, alternating between lucid fact-finding and woozy grief. She’s unpredictable, incorrigible, and entirely delightful—what more could I ask for in a narrator?

- Jodi Warshaw, Editor

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Opium and Absinthe is a compelling historical fiction…Fans of Kang’s previous work (A Beautiful Poison, 2017) will best appreciate her trademark historical-mystery plot.” Booklist

“Kang’s whirlwind tour of New York in the Naughty ‘90s is worth the price of admission.” Publishers Weekly

“Lydia Kang is one of the great virtuosos of the crime genre…Well-researched, grounded in the past, and ultra-relevant to today’s opioid epidemic, Opium and Absinthe is not to be missed.” —CrimeReads

“A new historical novel full of intrigue, occult mystery, and unexpected twists.” —Criminal Element

“An impressively original, inherently fascinating, compulsive page turner of a novel, Lydia Kang knows how to hold her reader’s rapt attention from first page to last.” —Midwest Book Review

“Kang’s language is exquisite, matching the fine society she writes so fluidly about. It’s fair to say this is similar to a Jane Austen novel and readers of feminist literature will embrace it easily. Opium and Absinthe is a perfect concoction of romance and mystery that boils down to studies in addiction and gaining independence in a suffocating world.” Haunted by Deadlines

Opium and Absinthe is the richly seductive tale of a young Gilded Age heiress’s journey down a beguiling but dangerous path in search of her sister’s blood-draining killer. Chillingly timely in its portrait of opiates’ deadly allure, Kang’s story shimmers with betrayed innocence and the power of trusting one’s inner compass.” —Marlowe Benn, author of Relative Fortunes

“Twisty and spooky and smart, Kang’s mystery richly captures the era with its packed full, fast-moving plot and a complex heroine whose flaws feel both very real and tremendously sympathetic.” —Megan Chance, author of A Drop of Ink, The Visitant, Inamorata, and Bone River

“Fascinating, funny, thrilling and even a little scary, Opium and Absinthe is a rare treat. Wonderfully written, and meticulously researched, Opium and Absinthe is a page-turner that left me wanting more.” —Eoin Dempsey, bestselling author of White Rose, Black Forest

About the Author

Lydia Kang is an author and internal medicine physician. She is a graduate of Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, and she completed her training at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She lives with her family in the Midwest. Follow her on Twitter @LydiaYKang and Instagram @LydiaKang.


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  • Publication Date : July 1, 2020
  • File Size : 2467 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 379 pages
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (July 1, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07Y1Y82HX
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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