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During a Christmas Eve blizzard in Montreal in 1913, Dr. Maximilian Balsano, a young Austrian studying in Montreal, is awakened by a pounding at his door. The visitor is Hanna Goss, an Austrian soprano he had encountered the previous summer. She is coatless, half-frozen and desperate, fleeing two thugs who are in hot pursuit. He takes her in – but later that night he vanishes, and a few days later, he learns from a newspaper story that she was murdered a few hours before she appeared at his door. The discovery is the ghostly beginning of a mystery that will sprawl over new continents and through a World War before it is resolved in a masterful display of the storyteller’s art.
Now one of Canada’s most successful journalists, Jack Todd is a remarkable writer of great power and vibrancy. It has taken him thirty years to come to terms with the guilt and shame of desertion, to break the silence, to tell this controversial, important, profoundly American story. In a dark century, when many ‘only obeyed orders,’ he chose not to. This is an intensely moving personal story told with passion and literary verve, as well as an eloquent account of a tortured time in American history. It is hard to put down, and impossible to forget.
Part history, part romance, and part action adventure novel, Sun Going Down follows the fortunes of Ebenezer Paint and his descendants— rough and tough individuals who are caught up in Civil War river battles, epic cattle drives through drought and blizzards, the horrors of Wounded Knee, the desperation of the dust bowl, and the prosperity of the roaring 1920s. Masterfully written, Sun Going Down holds the reader fast through tears, laughter, terror, and joy until the final page is turned.
THE PAINT FAMILY built an American empire on the legendary strength of their character, their wit, and their resolve, but the foreclosures, bank failures, and joblessness of the Great Depression may bring their world down around them. The familys foundation is further weakened by a rift running through two generations, scarred over by stubbornness and pain. Come Again No More is a uniquely American story about a family navigating a changing world and the tough choices it presents.
Set against the sweeping backdrop of World War II, Rain Falls Like Mercy is a gripping depiction of a family and a country touched by the grand violence of war, the senseless violence of crime, and the intimate violence of the heart.
Set in mythical Belle Coeur County in a time not too far from our own, Rose & Poe gloriously re-imagines Shakespeare’s The Tempest from the point of view of Caliban and his mother.