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The Detour

by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Ernst Vogler is twenty-six years old in 1938 when he is sent to Rome by his employer—the Third Reich's Sonderprojekte, which is collecting the great art of Europe and bringing it to Germany for the Führer....


Fu-Manchu: The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

Fu Manchu #3

by Sax Rohmer

London, 1913—the era of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and the Invisible Man. A time of shadows, secret societies, and dens filled with opium addicts. Into this world comes the most fantastic emissary of evil society...


A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel

by Gaurav Suri & Hartosh Singh Bal

While taking a class on infinity at Stanford in the late 1980s, Ravi Kapoor discovers that he is confronting the same mathematical and philosophical dilemmas that his mathematician grandfather had faced many...


All That I Am: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2012

by Anna Funder

All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.

When eighteen-year-old...


Restoration

by Olaf Olafsson

A searing novel of love and war, betrayal and redemption.

Having grown up in an exclusive circle of wealthy British ex-pats in Florence in the 1920s, Alice Orsini shocks everyone when she marries the son of a...


Dinner with Lisa

by R. L. Prendergast

In the disastrous economic times of the 1930s, Joseph Gaston, a young widower with four children, arrives in the small town of Philibuster seeking security for his family. Instead, he faces barriers everywhere....


The Rivers Webb

by Jeremy Tyler

New York homicide detective, John Webb, is having a bad week. Mind you, family reunions are bad enough, but since the focus is the brutal and sudden murder of his favorite uncle, Reverend Carl Rivers, it's even...


The Great Betrayal

by Oldfield Pamela

A tale of family, secrets and lies, from a well-loved author - 1904, London. Lydia Daye adores her husband John, but his secret government job means he is often away. She consoles herself with her small son,...


The Last Nude

by Ellis Avery

“As erotic and powerful as the paintings that inspired it.”—Emma Donoghue, author of Room

Paris, 1927. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger,...


Two for the Devil

by Allen Hoffman

This searing third novel in the critically acclaimed Small Worlds series records the cruel fate of the villagers of Krimsk as they encounter the twentieth-century's greatest agents of evil, Joseph Stalin and...


Dreamland

by Kevin Baker

A literary tour de force, a magnificent chronicle of a remarkable era and a place of dreams

In a stunning work of imagination and memory, author Kevin Baker brings to mesmerizing life a vibrant, colorful, thrilling,...


Clara Callan

Trillium Book Award 2002, Giller Prize 2001, Governor General's Award for Fiction 2001

by Richard B. Wright

In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape...


Holy Skirts

by Rene Steinke

No one in 1917 New York had ever encountered a woman like the Bar-oness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven -- poet, artist, proto-punk rocker, sexual libertine, fashion avatar, and unrepentant troublemaker. When she...


The Ape Who Guards the Balance

Amelia Peabody #10

by Elizabeth Peters

After eluding a kidnapper in London, an unperturbed Amelia Peabody accompanies her unconventional family to Cairo once more—only to be ensnared almost immediately in a web of stolen treasures and bloodthirsty...


Ghost on Black Mountain

by Ann Hite

ONCE A PERSON LEAVES THE MOUNTAIN, THEY NEVER COME BACK, NOT REALLY. THEY’RE LOST FOREVER.

Nellie Clay married Hobbs Pritchard without even noticing he was a spell conjured into a man, a walking, talking ghost...


The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky By Her Daughter

by Elisabeth Gille & Marina Harss

A New York Review Books Original

 

Élisabeth Gille was only five when the Gestapo arrested her mother, and she grew up remembering next to nothing of her. Her mother was a figure, a name, Irène Némirovsky,...


The Flaming Sword

by Thomas Dixon

" Thomas Dixon is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling early twentieth-century Klan trilogy that included the novel The Clansman (1905), which provided the core narrative for D.W. Griffith's...


The Sins of the Father

by Thomas Dixon

" Today, Thomas Dixon is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling early twentieth-century trilogy that included the novel The Clansman (1905), which provided the core narrative for D.W. Griffith's...


The Woman Who Heard Color

by Kelly Jones

A new novel from the author of The Seventh Unicorn and The Lost Madonna..."Kelly Jones is a wonderful writer, and definitely one to watch." -Nicholas Sparks

Lauren O'Farrell is an "art detective" who made it...


Dessa

by Val Creese

Dessa is set between 1908-1936 in England, Assam and South Africa, and its story includes little known aspects of submarine warfare in World War One. Dessa is a girl from a large working class family out to...