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Night of Sorrows: A Novel

by Frances Sherwood

A tale of love and conquest, "full of page-turning situations...worthy of a García Lorca drama" (San Francisco Chronicle).A historical novel about the conquistador Cortés and the Aztec princess Malintzín,...


The Book of Splendor: A Novel

by Frances Sherwood

A historical novel about the most unlikely of lovers, interwoven with the mysticism of the Jewish occult.Frances Sherwood brings to life the experience of the Jewish community during a period of oppression and...


The Proxy Assassin: Book Three of the American Spy Trilogy

by John Knoerle

October, 1948. Former OSS agent Hal Schroeder gets an invitation to Washington D.C. from Frank Wisner, who heads the CIA's new covert opps division. Hal is whisked off to Wisner's Maryland shore retreat and...


The Island of the Day Before

by Umberto Eco

After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on a ship. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the...


Imperfections

by Lynda Durrant

Rosemary Elizabeth likes Pleasant Hill. Unlike her former home, the Kentucky Shaker community is serene and full of beautiful things. The food is plentiful and delicious, and she dresses in spotless white garments....


The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 1993

by Jose Saramago

The year: 1936. Europe dances while an invidious dictator establishes himself in Portugal. The city: Lisbon-gray, colorless, chimerical. Ricardo Reis, a doctor and poet, has just come home after sixteen years...


Sepharad

by Antonio Munoz Molina & Margaret Sayers Peden

From one of Spain's most celebrated writers, an extraordinary, inspired book—at once fiction, history, and memoir—that draws on the Sephardic diaspora, the Holocaust, and Stalin's purges to tell a twentieth-century...


The History of the Siege of Lisbon

by Jose Saramago

In this “ingenious” novel (New York Times) by “one of Europe’s most original and remarkable writers” (Los Angeles Times), a proofreader’s deliberate slip opens the door to romance-and confounds the...


The Blackpool Highflyer: A Jim Stringer Mystery

by Andrew Martin

It is the summer of 1905 and Jim Stringer is copiloting a special train filled with overheated excursionists headed to Blackpool, the seaside resort on the English coast. At the moment when the train picks up...


Empress Orchid

by Anchee Min

The setting is China's Forbidden City in the last days of its imperial glory, a vast complex of palaces and gardens run by thousands of eunuchs and encircled by a wall in the center of Peking. In this highly...


Becoming Madame Mao

by Anchee Min

In a sweeping, erotically charged story that moves gracefully from the intimately personal to the great stage of world history, Anchee Min renders a powerful tale of passion, betrayal, and survival and creates...


The Diezmo: A Novel

by Rick Bass

The Diezmo tells the incredible story of the Mier Expedition, one of the most absurd and tragic military adventures in the history of Texas -- a country and a state, as Rick Bass writes, that was "born in blood."...


The Last Empress: A Novel

by Anchee Min

The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in China’s history, marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellions and ending in the demise of the Ch’ing Dynasty. The only...


Clock Without Hands

by Carson McCullers

Set in Georgia on the eve of court-ordered integration, Clock Without Hands contains McCullers's most poignant statement on race, class, and justice. A small-town druggist dying of leukemia calls himself and...


Farewell, My Only One: A Novel

by Antoine Audouard & Euan Cameron

A bestseller and nominated for the prestigious Goncourt Prize in France, Farewell, My Only One brings to life one of the great romances of all time and evokes the vibrant color and tumult of the Middle Ages....


To the Fair Land

by Lucienne Boyce

A thrilling eighteenth-century mystery about a map, an author, and a vicious killer. In 1789 struggling writer Ben Dearlove rescues a woman from a furious Covent Garden mob. The woman is ill and in her delirium...


Pride of Carthage

by David Anthony Durham

This epic retelling of the legendary Carthaginian military leader’s assault on the Roman empire begins in Ancient Spain, where Hannibal Barca sets out with tens of thousands of soldiers and 30 elephants. After...


The German Woman

by Paul Griner

This riveting war story introduces us to the beautiful Kate Zweig, the English widow of a German surgeon, and Claus Murphy, an exiled American with German roots—two lovers with complicated loyalties.

In 1918,...


The Turtle Catcher

by Nicole Lea Helget

In the tumultuous days after World War I, Herman Richter returns from the front to find his only sister, Liesel, allied with Lester Sutter, the "slow" son of a rival clan who spends his days expertly trapping...


The Tin Drum

by Gunter Grass & Breon Mitchell

One of the greatest modern novels, THE TIN DRUM is the story of thirty-year-old Oskar Matzerath, who has lived through the long Nazi nightmare and who, as the novel begins, is being held in a mental institution....