In the Kingdom of Aran, in the Caucasus Mountains, in 950 A.D., two adventurers wander the region, plying their trade as swords for hire, until they become embroiled in a bloody coup in the medieval Jewish empire of the Khazars as bodyguards for a fugitive prince with a mysterious secret.
The monumental Russian classic reflecting the life and times of Russian society during the Napoleonic Wars comes to life in a compelling new translation that is faithful to the original text and accompanied by an index of historical figures, textual annotations, a chapter summary, and an informative introduction. 50,000 first printing.
Detached from the rest of the country on the eve of World War I, the tuberculosis-stricken residents of an Adirondack lakeside sanatorium are housed in accordance with their economic status and languish in their isolation before an enterprising patient initiates a weekly discussion group. By the National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever. 60,000 first printing.
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.