Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology. The author, Kevin Baker brings to mesmerizing life a vibrant, colorful, thrilling, and dangerous New York City in the earliest years of the twentieth century in an the epic saga of newcomers drawn to the promise of America whose stories of love, revenge, and tragedy shine in the artificial electric dazzle of a wondrous place called Dreamland.
The invasion of white society threatens to change their traditional way of life, and they must choose to fight or assimilate. The book is a powerful portrait of a fading way of life and culminates with the historic Marias Massacre of This now-classic novel follows two women: In the autumn of , Amelia J. McGee, a young woman of Cherokee and Scotch-Irish descent, and an outspoken pamphleteer for the NAACP, hastily sends her daughter, Ella, alone on a bus home to Georgia in the middle of the night—a desperate measure that proves calamitous when the child encounters two drifters and is left for dead on the side of the road.
She claims that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd St. The image of a brutal killer is slowly revealed and anti-Irish rage infects the city, pulling the reluctant cop into a battle that may cost him everything. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland to New York harbor.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free. Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the slavery battleground of the Kansas Territory in Over the ensuing months, Henry—nicknamed Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive and finds himself at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in The product of their union is white-skinned, blonde Josey, who has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth.
Grace deftly weaves together the stories of Josey and Naomi in a sweeping, intergenerational saga. Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana.
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A spellbinding historical fiction novel about a woman who befriends Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and is drawn into their world of intrigue. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. Moving between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing, suspenseful and heartbreaking tale of art and history, love and secrets, explores what it means to repair a wrong and asks whether truth is sometimes more important than justice.
It is , and the renowned inventor Nikola Tesla occupies a forbidden room on the 33rd floor of the Hotel New Yorker, stealing electricity.
Louisa, a young maid at the hotel determined to befriend him, wins his attention through a shared love of pigeons; with her we hear his tragic and tremendous life story unfold. In , the restless world sat on the brink of unimaginable suffering. But for one woman, the darkness of a new era had already made itself at home.
Isadora Duncan would come to be known as the mother of modern dance, but in the spring of she was a grieving mother, after a freak accident in Paris resulted in the drowning death of her two young children. Johnny Tremain, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of Boston, just before the Revolutionary War. In , four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. They call themselves the Joy Luck Club.
Author Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland.
After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy.
A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath takes a case that seems impossible to win. Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? Tracy Chevalier introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in , only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. On March 2, , nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin.
On February 22, , Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel — in its form and voice — completely unlike anything you have read before.
Ninety miles north of Seattle on the Washington coast lies Bellingham Bay, where a rough settlement founded in the s would become the town of Whatcom. Here is the intimate, murderous tale of three men. Clare Fishburn believes that greatness lies in store for him.
John Ireland Sharp, an educated orphan, abandons hope when he sees socialists expel the Chinese workers from the region.
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Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.
A gripping, wondrously evocative novel drawn from real-life historical events: In , Mamah and her husband, Edwin, commissioned the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in , her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall.
Who is to blame? Alma thinks she knows the answer—and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Having survived World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. In Argus, ND, he builds a business, a home for his family—which includes Eva and four sons—and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town.
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In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America—a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind a Coney Island freak show that thrills the masses where she appears as the Mermaid, alongside performers like the Wolfman and the Butterfly Girl. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.
And he ignites the heart of Coralie. The year is , and Resolute Talbot and her siblings are captured by pirates, taken from their family in Jamaica, and brought to the New World. They are sold into slavery in colonial New England and taught the trade of spinning and weaving. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause. In the years leading up to the Civil War, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a nation. Together they fight in the Mexican-American War, but their closeness is tested as their regional politics diverge.
The captivating book of a year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to long-buried questions. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War, weaving imagined characters with real historical people. On September 29, , Alex Hayley stood on the dock in Annapolis where his great-great-great-great-grandfather Kunta Kinte was taken ashore on September 29, Now he has written the monumental two-century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him—slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lumber mill workers and Pullman porters, lawyers and architects—and one author.
The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. On the last night of , twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. Told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love. In a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned off San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.
San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim.
In its aftermath, one young man must choose between the lure of the future and the claims of the past. William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family.
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