The Coffee Trader

by David Liss | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
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Registered by tara-K of Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on 12/15/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by tara-K from Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, December 15, 2003
Just received this from my husband for my birthday. I love historical fiction and this one takes place in Amsterdam in 1659 (same century and city as Tulip Fever).

"Amsterdam, 1659. On the world's first commodities exchange, wealth can be won and lost in an instant. It is a truth that Miguel Lienzo, a crafty trader in the city's close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows only too well. Once among the most envied merchants, he has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets.

Impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel would do anything to change his fortunes. Which is why he enters into a partnership with Geertruid Damhouder, a seductive Dutchwman who offers Miguel one last chance at success - a daring scheme to corner the market in an astonishing new commodity called coffee...

A story of subterfuge, danger and repressed longing , set in a city where betrayal lurks everywhere and even friends have hidden agendas, The Coffee Trader is historical suspense at its most highly evocative."

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