The D-day landings—the fate of 2.5 million men, three thousand landing craft and the entire future of Europe depend on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? Wallace Ryman has devised a system that comprehends all of this—but he is a reclusive pacifist who stubbornly refuses to divulge his secrets. Henry Meadows, a young math prodigy, is sent to Scotland to uncover Ryman's system and apply it to the Normandy landings. But turbulence proves more elusive than anyone could have imagined. When Henry meets Gill, Ryman's beautiful wife, events, like the weather, begin to spiral out of control.—From publisher description.
Dispatched to the influential Japanese port of Dejima in 1799, ambitious clerk Jacob de Zoet resolves to earn enough money to deserve his wealthy fiancâee, an effort that is challenged by his relationship with the midwife daughter of a samurai.
After his brother is murdered by Bulgarian fascists in 1934, Khristo Stoianev is recruited by the Soviet intelligence service, the NKVD, trained in Moscow, and sent to Spain to serve Russian interests in the Spanish Civil War. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
When Norman Huntley and his friend, Henry, invent an 83-year-old woman called Mrs. Hargreaves, they are inspired to write to their fictional friend, but their silly game turns out not to be such when she arrives on their doorstep in Buckinghamshire, exactly as they imagined her.
Helen Adams, an American combat photographer during the Vietnam War, captures the wrenching chaos of battle on film and finds herself torn between the love of two men, one an American war correspondent and the other his Vietnamese underling. A first novel.
Fifty years after an unconventional reporter of genteel origins becomes a single mother, present-day London painter Elina navigates the first weeks of motherhood upon surviving a dangerous labor and learns that her life is disconcertingly linked to the woman from the past.
While Claire Shipley is reporting on the doctors working with penicillin at the outset of World War II, she falls in love with physician James Stanton, and when James's sister, another doctor, dies under suspicious circumstances, Claire wonders if her estranged father, an entrepreneur interested in the institute's research, is involved. By the best-selling author of City of Light. 75,000 first printing.
In a novel where the setting moves from the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the nineteenth century, an African slave and concubine is determined to claim her own destiny against impossible odds.
In a mountainside castle in Italy, during the long, hot summer of 1970, Keith Nearing struggles to twist feminism and women's ascendency toward his own ends, leading him to actions that have repercussions that catch up to him in the twenty-first century.
A tale loosely inspired by the life of Alexis de Tocqueville is set in the early nineteenth century and follows an unlikely friendship between a survivor of the French Revolution and an itinerant English engraver's son.