Following an emotional breakdown, New York City newspaper columnist Carter Ransom returns home to Mississippi to confront his formidable father and a traumatic past marked by a twenty-five-year-old unsolved civil rights murder case that shattered his family. By the author of The Bridge. 50,000 first printing.
The last living survivor of a 1911 sweatshop fire, 106-year-old Esther Gottesfeld passes away leaving numerous questions about the fire, which is investigated by her granddaughter Rebecca and a feminist historian with a personal agenda.
Set in Cairo during the aftermath of World War II, this novel draws on the actual events surrounding the findings of the lost gospels at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Suppressed by the Church Fathers, who elected to include only four gospels in the New Testament canon, these sacred texts were destroyed in ancient times by Church mandate, and their subsequent accidental rediscovery in the 1940s was fraught with danger. Drawing on the material that Elaine Pagels presented in her bestseller The Gnostic Gospels, this novel grapples with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the discovery of those ancient texts, which call into question the founding of Christianity and the role of women in Church history. Here is a story of resurrection in its many forms: of a dead father, of a love between a man and a woman, of a world ravaged by war, of a faith that might have been.—From publisher description.A tale inspired by the discovery of the Gnostic Gospels in 1940s Egypt finds Gemma Bastian, the daughter of a renowned archaeologist, raising questions about her father's death, which occurred during his attempt to recover the lost texts.
When Maud is chosen by the seemingly sweet Miss Hyacinth and her sister, she, excited to leave the orphanage, finds her new home a place of corruption and cruelty when she is forced to help stage elaborate seances to swindle wealthy patrons out of their money.
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
A tale inspired by the writings of Tiro, Marcus Cicero's confidential secretary, traces the life of the famous ancient Roman orator and philosopher from his beginnings as a radical young lawyer through his competitions with such figures as Pompey, Caesar, and Crassus in the political arena. 350,000 first printing.
In a story inspired by the father character in Little Women and drawn from the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott's father Bronson, a man leaves behind his family to serve in the Civil War and finds his marriage and beliefs profoundly challenged by his experiences. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.
Young Anna Frith, a vicar's maid, is faced with the loss of her family, the disintegration of her local community, and a passionate, illicit love as she and her village confront the horrors of the plague, in a historical novel based on real-life events in 17th-century England.
Dreaming of a better life, Lydia, an Irish-American shopgirl from South Boston, gets her chance when she marries medical student Henry Wickett, the scion of a Boston family, but her life is turned upside down when Henry quits medical school.
Joining the media circus that attends the deathbed of Tolstoy in 1910, politically ambitious cinematographer Nikolai Gribshin hopes to capture Tolstoy's death on film and inadvertently encounters the scientist Vorobev and revolutionary Joseph Stalin. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
From an internationally best-selling author, a captivating new novel chronicles the brave deeds and passionate loves of a spirited woman who journeyed to the New World and helped found a nation. 250,000 first printing. $250,000 ad/promo.
Drawn to sixteen-year-old Lucia during a visit to Madrid's Prado museum, art historian Manuel draws parallels between Lucia's exotic beauty and the physical features of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabelle's daughter Juana the Mad, whose story Lucia and Manuel find themselves replaying in the modern world. 50,000 first printing.
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a mill town called Commonwealth votes to quarantine itself in the wake of the 1918 flu pandemic, setting up guards to prevent anyone from coming in or out, but a violent confrontation with a tired, hungry, and cold soldier will have devastating repercussions for the entire town. 125,000 first printing.