PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — First, she explored Benedict Arnold’s wife. Now former Peekskill resident Allison Pataki has turned her attention to Eastern Europe.
Pataki, daughter of former Gov. George Pataki, who lives in Garrison, just published her latest book, “The Accidental Empress.” The book is a follow-up to her debut historical fiction novel, “The Traitor’s Wife,” which came out last year and was about Benedict Arnold’s wife, Peggy Shippen.
“The Accidental Empress” is set in 1853 and is about Sisi, an Austro-Hungarian empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph who was plucked from obscurity at the age of 16 and was thrust onto the throne in the golden era of the Habsburg Family.
“She was the last great empress,” said Pataki. “She was charismatic like Marie Antoinette meets Anne Boleyn meets Catherine the Great.”
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