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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 rebellion, ultimately ending in the demise of the Ch’ing dynasty....


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...


Daughters of the Witching Hill

by Mary Sharratt

Daughters of the Witching Hill brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching account of a family sustained by love as they try to survive the hysteria of a witch-hunt. Sharratt interweaves well-researched...


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

A standout fiction debut by a prize-winning young writer whose memoir, The Summer of Ordinary Ways, was a favorite of critics and booksellers Nicole Helget’s fierce and lyrical memoir of growing up on a Minnesota...


The Spanish Bow

by Andromeda Romano-Lax

"I was almost born Happy." So begins The Spanish Bow and the remarkable history of Feliu Delargo, who just misses being "Feliz" by a misunderstanding at his birth, which he barely survives.

The accidental bequest...


The Servants' Quarters

by Lynn Freed

THE SERVANTS’ QUARTERS, a complex and sophisticated love story, evokes a vanishing world of privilege with a Pygmalion twist.

Haunted by phantoms of the Second World War and the Holocaust, young Cressida lives...


The Sealed Letter

by Emma Donoghue

Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, THE SEALED LETTER is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian style.


A Case of Curiosities

by Allen Kurzweil

In France, on the eve of the Revolution, a young man named Claude Page sets out to become the most ingenious and daring inventor of his time. In the course of a career filled with violence and passion, Claude...


The Last Canyon: A Novel

by John Vernon

A novel of one of the most treacherous river expeditions ever undertaken, THE LAST CANYON takes us deep into the heart of the elements, portraying in vivid detail the human quest to understand nature at all...


Through a Glass Darkly

by Karleen Koen

""Lives up to every expectation. It's magnificent!"" - Cleveland Plain Dealer Sourcebooks Landmark proudly reintroduces this classic historical novel. Karleen Koen's sweeping saga contains unforgettable characters...


The Innocents: A Novel

by Caroline Seebohm

The whole world was about to change, and no one would be affected more deeply than Dorothea and Iris Crosby, sisters—identical twins—born to the wealth and social standing of New York City's Park Avenue....


Blue Asylum

by Kathy Hepinstall

"Excellent pacing and strong character development . . . animate not only the inmates at the Sanibel Asylum but the characters from the preasylum lives of Iris and Ambrose. A first-rate choice for fans of intelligent...


Dog Soldiers

National Book Award for Fiction 1975

by Robert Stone

In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things...


Gentleman Captain

by J. D. Davies

The first in a brilliant new series of nautical adventure novels featuring Matthew Quinton, a Restoration-era 'gentleman captain' fighting for King Charles II.