Arriving in America alone after her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom, Lillian Leyb receives word that her daughter Sophie might still be alive and embarks on a risky odyssey that takes her from New York's Lower East Side to Siberia to find the missing girl.
The lives of Skip Sands, a spy-in-training engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong, and brothers Bill and James Houston, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war, intertwine in a novel of America during the Vietnam War.
Witnessing the rise and loss of her family's oil business in the wake of her father's gambling problems, proud young Jeanine accompanies the other women in her family to an abandoned farm when her father dies under dubious circumstances. By the author of Enemy Women. 100,000 first printing.
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.