The Majesties

Book / Novel


by Tiffany Tsao

Format: Paperback, English
272 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: 1982115505/9781982115500
Published Jan 21, 2020 by Atria Books

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Originally published in Australia as Under Your Wings.

In this riveting tale about the secrets and betrayals that can accompany exorbitant wealth, two sisters from a Chinese-Indonesian family grapple with the past after one of them poisons their entire family.

Gwendolyn and Estella have always been as close as sisters can be. Growing up in a wealthy, eminent, and sometimes deceitful family, they’ve relied on each other for support and confidence. But now Gwendolyn is lying in a coma, the sole survivor of Estella’s poisoning of their whole clan.

As Gwendolyn struggles to regain consciousness, she desperately retraces her memories, trying to uncover the moment that led to this shocking and brutal act. Was it their aunt’s mysterious death at sea? Estella’s unhappy marriage to a dangerously brutish man? Or were the shifting loyalties and unspoken resentments at the heart of their opulent world too much to bear? Can Gwendolyn, at last, confront the carefully buried mysteries in their family’s past and the truth about who she and her sister really are?

Traveling from the luxurious world of the rich and powerful in Indonesia to the most spectacular shows at Paris Fashion Week, from the sunny coasts of California to the melting pot of Melbourne’s university scene, The Majesties is a haunting and deeply evocative novel about the dark secrets that can build a family empire—and also bring it crashing down.



It's shocking how enjoyable and delicious this dark, disturbing novel was, and that unease will sit with me for a long time to come.
Swapna Krishna in ‘The Majesties’ Is Disturbing, Yet Shockingly Enjoyable (NPR, Jan 20, 2020)
The success of The Majesties rests on the relationship between its two protagonists – on it being both believable and engaging. Not for a single moment does it fail to be either. In this novel, Tiffany Tsao proves to be a deftly quick-witted and confident storyteller, prepared to take risks with her characters, her narrative structure, and even the genre she is writing in, all in service of a perfect thrill-ride of a novel.
Will Heath in The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao (Books and Bao, Jan 20, 2020)


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