Allison Pataki, author of Sisi: Empress on Her Own
(Dial Press $28.00)
Friday May 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Register at Lake Forest Book Store at 847-234-4420
Welcome New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki!
"Pataki continues her account of the life of Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (The Accidental Empress), exploring the tensions between demands of Habsburg protocol and desire for autonomy. Determined to raise her youngest daughter without the interference of her domineering mother-in-law, Sisi realizes too late that long absences from Vienna have estranged her not only from her older children but also from her subjects. Although her husband, Franz Joseph, adores her, his obsession with maintaining political alliances as Europe disintegrates prior to World War I absorbs his attention. Readers of Pataki's first book will want to know the rest of Sisi's story, but this novel stands on its own for historical fiction fans." - Library Journal
Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor's Wife and The Accidental Empress. She graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a major in English and spent several years writing for TV and online news outlets. The daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, Allison is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and FoxNews.com, as well as a member of The Historical Novel Society. Allison lives in Chicago with her husband. To learn more and connect with Allison visit AllisonPataki.com or on Twitter @AllisonPataki.