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2021 IPPY Awards Gold Winner in Best First Book—Fiction
2021 International Book Awards Best New Fiction finalist
2021 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Best New Fiction
2021 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction
2021 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Honorable Mention in Fiction: Historical (Personage)


With its adaptation of Napoleon Bonaparte’s real attempt to write a romantic novel, Finding Napoleon offers a fresh take on Europe’s most powerful man after he’s lost everything. His last love, audacious Albine―helps narrate the treachery, desire, and intrigue. To survive, they must decide whom to trust, whom to betray.


“Awash in intrigue and poignant with loss . . . by Rodenberg, who deserves kudos as a rigorous researcher and gifted writer . . . this intricate tapestry . . . brings to life the twilight years of a captivating historical figure.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Told creatively and with excellent research!” —Stephanie Dray, Best-selling Author of Historical Fiction


“Vive l’Empereur! In Finding Napoleon, the Bonaparte endgame becomes a new beginning—and a rousing, delightfully peopled adventure. Margaret Rodenberg’s superior scholarship, exquisite scene-setting and crackling storytelling mark her as a historical novelist to watch.” —Louis Bayard, New York Times Notable Author of Best-selling Historical Fiction, including Courting Mr. Lincoln


“No one is more qualified to tell this sweeping tale than Margaret Rodenberg — her research is in a league of its own, and her writing is beautiful and poignant.” —Allison Pataki, NY Times Best-selling Author of Historical Fiction


“From the first words, Finding Napoleon by Margaret Rodenberg enchanted me. Exceptionally well researched, the writing is vibrant, the details evocative. The story of Napoleon's final years is conveyed with moving compassion, humor and wit. Highly recommended!”—Sandra Gulland, Author of The Josephine B. Trilogy


“Margaret Rodenberg has an outstanding knowledge of and empathy for the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, especially his time in exile on St Helena . . . she leaves readers greatly entertained . . . I highly recommend this fine book by an outstanding author.” —J. David Markham, President, International Napoleonic Society


“This Napoleon is finely fleshed out both in this paunch and his earthiness . . . Even more than the complex portrait of Napoleon in his waning years, Rodenberg creates an exciting heroine in [Napoleon’s last lover] Albine, a fading aristocrat in survival mode . . . A novel of conflicting and intertwined stories, desires, and loyalties, Finding Napoleon offers an intriguing new look at one the most famous men in history.” —Washington Independent Review of Books


“Rodenberg’s knowledge of Napoleon and those close to him shows through on every page . . . The whole work presents a new and interesting exploration into the last years of one of history’s giants.” —Historical Novel Society

Finding Napoleon: A Novel


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    She Writes Press


    Margaret Rodenberg (author)

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    Rights Sold: Audio Worldwide; Hungarian, Bulgarian and Serbian languages


    Margaret Rodenberg,

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