In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as William Blake's eternal holy city. Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Alan Moore's epic novel, Jerusalem, is the tale of Everything, told from a vanished gutter.
Inhabiting four lives, a railroad baron's valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood's first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption, the author of The Welsh Girl captures and capsizes over a century of U.S. history.
Astonished to see the mother who abandoned him in childhood throwing rocks at a presidential candidate, a bored college professor struggles to reconcile the radical media depictions of his mother with his small-town memories and decides to draw her out by penning a tell-all biography.
When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues George Westinghouse, his only remaining rival for patent infringement, Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Cravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayals and deception.
Struggling with the sudden and unexplained departure of her husband, Russian art specialist Tanya Kagan organizes an auction for a priceless artifact with ties to an infamous 18th-century woman who may have faced the same issues in her own marriage.
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather.
A fictional account of the life of the famed author of Middlemarch describes her honeymoon in Venice in 1880 after marrying a much younger man while still mourning the loss of her companion of 26 years, George Henry Lewes.
Hiding her clandestine activities behind the persona of a model Nazi soldier's wife at the height of World War II, Sigrid Schroeder dreams of her former Jewish lover and risks everything to hide a mother and two young children who she believes might be her lover's family.
Suffering public contempt after the Metropolitan Police's failure to capture Jack the Ripper, Walter Day, a member of Victorian London's recently formed Murder Squad, partners with Scotland Yard's first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues.
A debut novel set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and the last days of Steinbeck's Cannery Row follows the 1940 arrival of 15-year-old artist Margot, who is seduced by the world of biologist Ed Ricketts while her father embarks on a controversial project.
A journey through Daniel Sullivan's many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself.
In 1917, dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett, on the sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama, ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons until their lives violently collide in dark and horrific ways with those of Ohio farmer Ellsworth Fiddler.
Working as woodcutters under a feudal lord in 17th-century New France, two impoverished young Frenchmen follow separate journeys, one of extraordinary hardship, the other of wealth and craftiness, that shape their families throughout three centuries.
Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives. Homegoing follows generations of their descendants as they experience wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.