Inspired by Mark Twain's classic tales, a debut novel explores the mysterious life and strange death of Huckleberry Finn's infamous father, describing Finn's fearsome father, the Judge; his brother, the sickly, sycophantic Will; Bliss, a reclusive, blind moonshiner; his mistress Mary, a former slave; and young Huck. A first novel. 60,000 first printing.
In seventeenth-century China, three women become emotionally involved with The Peony Pavilion, a famed opera rumored to cause lovesickness and even death, including Peony, the cloistered daughter of a wealthy scholar, who succumbs to its spell only to return after her death as a "hungry ghost" to haunt her former fiancé, who has married another. 175,000 first printing.
Recently freed from slavery at the end of the seventeenth century, Jasper Merian leaves Virginia for the uncharted territory to the west, where he plans to carve out a new life for himself, leaving behind two sons, one free and one a slave, in a novel that chronicles the lives of three generations of an African-American family in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Reprint.
Determined to beat Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in a race to the Pacific Ocean, Vermont schoolmaster, inventor, playwright, and explorer True Teague Kinneson and his nephew Ticonderoga head west, eincountering Daniel Boone and his lusty spinster daughter, an army of Spaniards and Anasazi, Sacajawea's Shoshone relatives, and other unusual adventures along the way. Reprint.
A down-on-his-luck Roman army doctor, Gaius Petreius Ruso has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in one of the inclement outposts of the Roman Empire, journeying to the far reaches of Britannia, where he rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from her abusive owner, an ill-advised decision that leads to nothing but trouble. 35,000 first printing.
Arriving at the English settlement in Calcutta in 1836, Lady Eleanor, sister to the colony's newly appointed Governor-general, and her sister, Harriet, anticipate an unpleasant experience but instead find the region an area of seductive and exotic culture. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
In this magical novel written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, 12-year-old Hugo is an orphan, clock-keeper and petty thief living within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931. Before he died, his father left him a broken automaton, and Hugo labors to uncover the secret hidden inside the machine.
Turkish teen Asya is coming of age under the wing of her tattoo-parlor owner mother and her three aunts, befriending a cousin from America, and discovering a secret that links her family to the 1915 Armenian deportations and massacres.
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.