This is the novel I’ve wanted to write for years, about Marco Polo’s granddaughter traveling the Silk Road west from 1322 to 1327, China to England. Some of you may remember Paula working on it in The Singing of the Dead. I figured I might as well use it somewhere while I waited for a publisher to realize what they were missing.
Photo is of me (white shirt halfway back) in the Teklamakan Desert, during the western China trip where I was doing research for the book. This winter (2011-2012) I am, at long last, writing this book.