In verona, a city ravaged by plague and political rivalries, a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to become the wet-nurse to their newborn baby. By turns sensual, juliet’s nurse gives voice to one of literature’s most memorable and distinctive characters, tragic, and comic, a woman who was both insider and outsider among Verona’s wealthy ruling class.
As she serves her beloved Juliet over the next fourteen years, the nurse learns the Cappellettis’ darkest secrets. Those secrets—and the nurse’s deep personal grief—erupt across five momentous days of love and loss that destroy a daughter, and a family. Exploring the romance and intrigue of interwoven loyalties, jealousies, rivalries, and losses only hinted at in Shakespeare’s play, this is a never-before-heard tale of the deepest love in Verona—the love between a grieving woman and the precious child of her heart.
The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A NovelAuthor lois leveen combines fascinating facts and ingenious speculation to craft a historical novel that will enthrall readers of women’s fiction, historical fiction, and acclaimed works like Cane River and Cold Mountain that offer intimate looks at the twin nightmares of slavery and Civil War. Masterfully written, the Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.
Brunonia barry, loss, love, bestselling author of The Lace Reader “Packed with drama, intrigue, and most of all, the resilience of a remarkable heroine…. What a treat!”—kelly o'connor mcnees, author of the lost summer of louisa may alcottBased on the remarkable true story of a freed African American slave who returned to Virginia at the onset of the Civil War to spy on the Confederates, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is a masterful debut by an exciting new novelist.
. A powerful and unforgettable story of a woman who risked her own freedom to bring freedom to millions of others, The Secrets of Mary Bowser celebrates the courageous achievements of a little known but truly inspirational American heroine.
A Bookshop in Berlin: The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the NazisShe opens la maison du livre, attracting artists and diplomats, Berlin’s first French bookshop, celebrities and poets. A people book of the week winner of the jq–wingate literary prize “a haunting tribute to survivors and those lost forever—and a reminder, in our own troubled era, never to forget.
People an “exceptional” the wall street journal and “poignant” the new york Times book in the tradition of rediscovered works like Suite Française and The Nazi Officer’s Wife, the powerful memoir of a fearless Jewish bookseller on a harrowing fight for survival across Nazi-occupied Europe.
In 1921, françoise frenkel—a Jewish woman from Poland—fulfills a dream. La maison du livre is miraculously spared, but fear of persecution eventually forces Françoise on a desperate, lonely flight to Paris. Françoise’s dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht in November 1938, as hundreds of Jewish shops and businesses are destroyed.
When the city is bombed, she seeks refuge across southern France, witnessing countless horrors: children torn from their parents, mothers throwing themselves under buses. In 1935, the scene continues to darken. First come the new bureaucratic hurdles, followed by frequent police visits and book confiscations.
In the tradition of suite française and the nazi Officer’s Wife, this book is the tale of a fearless woman whose lust for life and literature refuses to leave her, even in her darkest hours. Published quietly in 1945, a bookshop in berlin is a remarkable story of survival and resilience, then rediscovered nearly sixty years later in an attic, of human cruelty and human spirit.
The Red Address BookWritten with love, told with joy. In writing down the stories of her colorful past—working as a maid in sweden, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, haunted by a difficult childhood, modelling in Paris during the 30s, the love of Doris’s life? A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War—can she help Jenny, The Red Address Book introduces Sofia Lundberg as a wise—and irresistible—storyteller.
. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. When doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Meet doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment.
. Very easy to enjoy. Fredrik backman, author of a man called ovefor fans of the little paris bookshop and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes a heartwarming debut about 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book.
But the most profound moment of her life is still to come. She has few visitors, but her weekly skype calls with Jenny—her American grandniece, and her only relative—give her great joy and remind her of her own youth.
Montauk: A NovelAn epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires. Montauk, long Island, 1938. College educated, bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves.
For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart… .
Despite lavish parties at the manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city.
As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.
Beatrice bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry.
The Stone Circle Ruth Galloway Mysteries Book 11In a chilling entry to the award-winning Ruth Galloway series, she and DCI Nelson are haunted by a ghost from their past, just as their future lands on shaky ground. . Dci nelson has been receiving threatening letters. But the author of those letters is dead. They are anonymous, yet reminiscent of ones he has received in the past, from the person who drew him into a case that’s haunted him for years.
Or is he? the past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly. At the same time, ruth receives a letter purporting to be from that very same person—her former mentor, and the reason she first started working with Nelson.
The Children ActTime is running out. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, and his devout parents echo his wishes.
She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both. Now a major motion picture starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead. One of the best books of the year: the washington post, NPR, Vogue, BookRiotFiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family division.
Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy.