By Dawn Patitucci
Inspired by way of Velázquez’s baroque masterpiece, Las Meninas, The Queen’s Prophet is an imagined account of the dwarfess Maribarbola of Spain (featured prominently in Velázquez’s portray) and her fight for survival and self-determination at a time whilst dwarfs have been stored by way of aristocracy as pets, prophets, and solid good fortune charms.
When the Countess of Walther dies at her German property, her unswerving dwarfess Maria-Barbara is pressured to paintings as a prophet for a touring magician, who betrays her via promoting her to the Queen of Spain. on the royal court docket in Madrid, Mari unearths herself in a extraordinary, enchanted global, a society culturally greatest yet intellectually remoted. There she turns into Maribarbola, prophet to the Queen, and, her survival at stake, endeavors to outsmart the Spaniards.
Mari's wits and loyalties are verified as she turns into embroiled in palace intrigue along the politically embattled Queen. whilst Mari's conscientiously schemed prophecies dazzle all of Spain, she and the Queen climb to dizzying heights of strength, a spot as intoxicating because it is risky. yet while Mari survives and flourishes on the Spanish courtroom, the lack of identification she suffers from dwelling a lie makes her query no matter if she is de facto surviving at all.
By Leonardo Padura,Anna Kushner
By Kim Van Alkemade
When the landlord of the recent York Yankees baseball crew, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a tender actress, lower than his wing, she thinks it’s due to his guilt over her father’s unintentional death—and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert’s good-looking own secretary. Helen and Albert improve a deepening bond the nearer they develop into to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who calls for their loyalty in go back for his lavish generosity.
New York within the Jazz Age is stuffed with percentages, in particular for the younger and unmarried. but whilst Helen embraces being a “bachelor girl”—a operating girl residing on her personal terms—she unearths herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest mystery. whilst Ruppert dies, rumors swirl approximately his connection to Helen after the beautiful revelation that he has left her the majority of his fortune, such as Yankee Stadium. however it is simply while Ruppert’s personal secrets and techniques are ultimately published that Helen and Albert could be pressured to confront the reality approximately their courting to him—and to one another.
Inspired by way of real occasions that gripped long island urban in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden historical past gem approximately kin, identification, and love in all its shapes and colors.
By E Isola
E. A. Isola
Byblos app. 850 BC
When Aribaal’s existence is spared from being sacrificed via the priest Theon within the hearth pit of Baal, he learns that lifestyles as he knew it really is over. His adventure convinces him of the futility and ugliness of human sacrifice, specially of youngsters. He flees to Egypt and as Na-Amen turns into captain of Pharaoh’s lowered military. After defeating Libyan invaders he's venerated through Pharaoh. whereas conscious that he handles his guns good and has constructed a virtually uncanny feel of the way to behavior a battle and lead males of battle, he now believes that a few unknown strength stored him and led him into knowledge past his years. he's confident he needs to stick to this strength or deity so essentially capable of impact him.
Later, he joins his sister, Queen Dido of Carthage. He learns that Theon has inserted himself because the chief of Carthage’s spiritual lifestyles and has brought human sacrifice there. Sickened by means of this flip of occasions he once more is in a concern of what to do. He makes a decision to attend and watch.
Aribaal joins his sister Dido in her battles opposed to neighborhood tribes who desire to spoil her. There, he additionally encounters Aeneas, who survived Troy’s fateful destruction. Aribaal unwittingly turns into embroiled in Dido’s tragedy as her charm to Aeneas leads towards her destruction.
Content that Dido’s destiny in is sweet arms, he leaves Carthage for the hot international of Etruria. whilst tragedy hits his younger relatives, he chooses to aim a crossing of the unexplored ocean, which not anyone hasn't ever effectively performed, within the desire of gaining knowledge of a land the place he could be actually free.
By Mourning Dove,Dexter Fisher
By S.Y. Agnon
• Translated and with a foreword via Glenda Abramson, Oxford University
• Afterword via popular Israeli writer Haim Be'er exploring the function of the unconventional in Agnon's canon and the symbolism of books and reading
• 29 pp of illustrated annotations by means of sequence editor Jeffrey Saks, excavating the numerous resources in biblical and rabbinical literature Agnon drew on in addition to the relaia of the ancient time and position within which the unconventional is set."
By Shirley Butler LaRocca
By Barbara Ashley
while civil conflict breaks out within the spring of 1861, Amanda is a gorgeous younger spouse and mom. She and her loved husband Tom dread secession and the upcoming clash as a risk to their pleased lifestyles in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tom's sister Cassie is an clever and rebellious woman who goals of turning into a certified actress. annoyed by means of the very constrained strategies open to her as a good nineteenth century lady, she hopes the warfare will provide her an opportunity to dwell a extra interesting and profitable existence. After marrying a guy she doesn't love in her look for monetary independence, Cassie serves as a nurse in accomplice army hospitals until eventually the Union military occupies Nashville in March of 1862. Invited by means of her lover to hitch a insurgent undercover agent ring, Cassie jumps on the probability to aid the South win the struggle whereas she satisfies her longing for adventure.
defined through Cassie as being "squat and unpleasant as a toad", the Griffin's good friend Wade Cunningham is a superb and ruthless lawyer who seizes the possibilities the struggle presents to make his fortune, to revenge himself upon the Southern aristocrats who have scorned him and to pursue his unrequited ardour for Amanda.
"Amazons, Rebels & Spies?" tells the riveting tale in their struggles to maintain what they've got, to get what they need and to outlive the industrial and moral demanding situations posed through secession and civil war.
By Patrick Gooch
By Nelson Martin