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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...


Those Who Walk in Darkness

by Theodore Kohan

Action, surprises, and betrayal-these are the ingredients of THOSE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS, a sweeping immigrant family saga. From Bessarabia (today's Moldova) at the start of the twentieth century to Boston in...


Madeleine's War: A Novel

by Peter Watson

A compulsively readable blend of romance and drama based on actual events in Britain and France leading up to D-Day in 1944

Matthew Hammond is a British military officer posted to the European theater during...


A Flying Affair

by Carla Stewart

Ever since Mittie Humphreys agreed to join dashing barnstorming pilot Ames for a joyride in his airplane, her lifelong love of horses has been surpassed by one thing--a longing for the skies. It seems she's...


On Canaan's Side: A Novel

Walter Scott Prize 2012

by Sebastian Barry

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a mesmerizing new novel from the award-winning author of The Secret Scripture

A first-person narrative of Lilly Bere’s life, On Canaan’s Side opens as the eighty-five-year-old...


At the Water's Edge: A Novel

by Sara Gruen

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water’s Edge is a...


Island of Demons

by Nigel Barley

Many men dream of running away to a tropical island and living surrounded by beauty and exotic exuberance. Walter Spies did more than dream. He actually did it. In the 1920s and 30s, Walter Spies - ethnographer,...


Ellis Island

Ellis Island #1

by Kate Kerrigan

“A standout novel….A rare combination of historical enlightenment and sheer enjoyment.”

—Peter Quinn, author of The Man Who Never Returned

Already a hit in the United Kingdom, Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan...


Bright's Passage: A Novel

by Josh Ritter

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

 

Henry Bright has newly returned to West Virginia from the battlefields of the First World War. Griefstruck by the death of his young wife and unsure of how to care for the infant son she...


Notorious Casolini

by Angelo Crapanzano

Synopsis: Inspired by real events, the novel Notorious Casolini tells of the life and adventures of PeppinoCasolini. Peppino lived in the city of Barrafranca, Sicily, in the early 1900s. A gentle person of high...


The Dynamite Room: A Novel

by Jason Hewitt

"Accomplished, resonant, and surprising." (Guardian)--a debut reminiscent of the beloved SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER.

In July 1940, eleven-year-old Lydia escapes life as a child evacuee in Wales. She arrives...


Carly

The Women of Ivy Manor #4

by Lyn Cote

Award-winning author Lyn Cote delivers the final installment in her emotive series with Carly, a young woman facing war and its outcomes in the 20th century.


Jim the Boy: A Novel

by Tony Earley

Both delightful and wise, Jim the Boy brilliantly captures the pleasures and fears of youth at a time when America itself was young and struggling to come into its own.


In the Walled Gardens: A Novel

by Anahita Firouz

Set in the exotic, seductive world of pre-revolutionary Iran, IN THE WALLED GARDENS tells the nostalgic and moving story of Mahastee and Reza, who loved each other as children but have not seen each other for...


North River: A Novel

by Peter Hamill

It is 1934, and New York City is in the icy grip of the Great Depression. With enormous compassion, Dr. James Delaney tends to his hurt, sick, and poor neighbors, who include gangsters, day laborers, prostitutes,...


River Ice

by David Martin

Synopsis: During the Great Depression, Lewis Seagrove struggles to provide for his wife and three children; an honest man, he will still do whatever necessary to take care of them. The stunning novel River Ice...


Incognito

by Gregory Murphy

An elegant literary mystery set during the Gilded Age.

New York City, 1911. Representing the widow of a Wall Street financier, lawyer William Dysart travels to a small Long Island town with a generous offer...