China Trader

By Cornelia Spencer
A FULL-LENGTH novel concerning an eighteenth-century Bostonian who conceived a passion for China and the career of a ‘ China trader.’ He took his young wife to Macao — foreign women were not allowed at Canton — and here they lived the rest of their lives. The trade changed and developed during their lifetime. How it survived the Napoleonic sanctions and the War of 1812, and grew with opium and clipper ships, is told with great clarity and detail. This is a thoroughly careful and studious work, and a good novel besides.