Alameda Author Releases Fourth Title

The newest novel by Alameda author Pam Chun has been released after 10 years of research. Chun’s fourth book, The Perfect Tea Thief, is available now in e-book format and in print.

The novel tells the story of Robert Fortune visiting China after the Opium Wars of 1843. Under the guise of a plant hunter for the British Horticultural Society, his secret mission is to steal China’s secrets of tea production, a brazen act of industrial espionage that will devastate China’s 5,000-year-old civilization.

Fortune audaciously ventures into prohibited lands to collect flowers, plants, seeds and birds. Seduced by the Flowery Land, he pursues exquisitely beautiful Jadelin from the House of Poe, unaware she is trained as a warrior as is everyone in her family.

The Perfect Tea Thief tells a tale of deceit and lies in a country of tradition crumbling under the powers of industrialization in a clash of empires.

"The Chinese have a saying, ‘You don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been,’" said Barbara Bundy, PhD. Founding executive director, University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies. "The Perfect Tea Thief takes the reader back to the source of the tensions today between China and the West in a fast-paced and captivating read based on the real life and letters of Robert Fortune."

Chun’s other novels are The Seagull’s Gardener, When Strange Gods Call (Winner of the 2005 Ka Palapala Po`okela Award for Excellence in Literature about Hawaii from beyond the seas) and The Money Dragon.

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