A fictional imagining of the Virgin Mary's life finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus. Years after her son's crucifixion, she struggles with guilt, anger and feelings that her son is not the son of God; that his sacrifice was not for a worthy cause.
Touring Shanghai in 1936 as part of a black jazz orchestra, Thomas Greene meets Song Yuhua, translator for one of Japan's biggest crime bosses, and together through friendship and love they weather the Japanese invasion together.
Written in period style and peppered with 19th-century humor, a narrative portrait of the 16th President in his own voice reflects on his major life events from his picaresque youth in Illinois and improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd through his visit to war-shattered Richmond days before his assassination.
Just when playboy Andrew Yates is ready to settle down, old flame Whilemina "Billie" Wells comes knocking on his door with a toddler in tow that she says is his, but even after a quick marriage, both Andrew and Billie wonder if they can ever truly find love.
Linnet Berry Thynne thinks that she will easily be able to make her fiancâe, Piers Yelverton, the Earl of Marchant, who is rumored to be immune to the womanly charms, fall in love with her, but she loses her heart to him instead.
This epic tale is told through several generations of the McCullough family, beginning with Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the Republic of Texas. At 13, Eli is kidnapped by the Comanche, who kill his mother and his siblings. He lives with the Comanche for years, becoming a respected member of the tribe until the community is decimated by armed Americans.
This collection of stories blends fact and fiction to capture the reverberations of Kafka's influence on the lives of his friends and lovers, from his tuberculosis-stricken paramour Dora Diamant to his literary executor Max Brod.
An old Italian woman seeks a reunion with her son, fathered by an SS officer and taken away by German authorities sixty-two years ago, while she remembers and discusses the atrocities committed in Northern Italy during World War II.