The Swan Thieves: A Novel

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - The swan theives is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope. When renowned painter robert oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Psychiatrist andrew marlow, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life.

Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love.

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The Shadow Land: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - You won’t want to put down this remarkable book. Claire messud, author of the woman upstairs “In this brilliant work, what appears at first a minor mystery quickly becomes emblematic of a whole country’s hidden history. From the #1 bestselling author of the Historian comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present—and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country.

A young american woman, bulgaria, alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Elizabeth kostova’s third novel clearly establishes her as one of America’s finest writers. Ron rash, author of The Risen. As alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by political oppression—and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger.

The Shadow Land: A Novel #ad - Elizabeth kostova’s new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.

Praise for the shadow land“A compelling and complex mystery, strong storytelling, and lyrical writing combine for an engrossing read. Publishers weekly“in the shadow land, elizabeth Kostova, a master storyteller, brings vividly to life an unfamiliar country—Bulgaria—and a painful history that feels particularly relevant now.

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The Historian

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history. Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters.

In city after city, in letters and in secret conversations, in monasteries and archives, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages. Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions-and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers-one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil.

The Historian #ad - The letters are all addressed to "my dear and unfortunate successor, " and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula.

Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. Elizabeth kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, history and the present, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful-and utterly unforgettable.

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Stoker's Manuscript

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Berkley #ad - Imprisoned in the castle and forced to serve “the master, ” Barkeley must quickly decipher cryptic messages hidden within Stoker’s masterpiece to find the Master’s long-lost bride—or risk wearing out his welcome. But as he delves into the history of Dracula and his own lineage, Barkeley discovers that his selection for this job was based on more than his talent with rare books.

A mystery buyer has hired him to authenticate the original draft of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. When he travels to transylvania to personally deliver the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle, Barkeley, a Romanian orphan himself, soon realizes that his employer is the son of the infamous Vlad Dracula. Now, he has a perilous decision to make—save his life with a coward’s flight, or wage a deadly battle with an ancient foe.

Stoker's Manuscript #ad - But rarely does Joseph get a job this delicate and well-paying. Without the aid of chemical testing, he can accurately determine the authenticity and age of any document, seeing details within the fibers the way a composer picks out the individual notes of a symphony. Debut author royce prouty offers a spellbinding tale of history, folklore, destiny, and redemption.

Joseph Barkeley has a gift.

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The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

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Penguin Books #ad - Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries—all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity. Nine months after the death of his beloved wife amanda left him shattered, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, Peter Byerly, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books.

A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love. Charlie lovett’s new book,  The Lost Book of the Grail, is now available. Byatt's Possession. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda.

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Madame Picasso

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MIRA #ad - With sparkling insight and passion, madame picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life.

Novelist anne girard brings to life the mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time   When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, a rising star in the art world.

Madame Picasso #ad - A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web.

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

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Atria Books #ad - Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on margaret lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Instant #1 new york times bestseller “Readers will feel the magnetic pull of this paean to words, books and the magical power of story.

People “Eerie and fascinating. Usa today sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny. Reclusive author vida winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Together, finally, margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, transformed by the truth themselves.

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel #ad - Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.

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Bellman & Black: A Novel

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Atria/Emily Bestler Books #ad - But rooks don’t forget… years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. And bellman & Black is born. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner.

1 new york times bestselling author “An astonishing work of genius. Bookreporter “Magically transformative. Bookpage can one moment in time haunt you forever? from the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale comes a “poetic and mysterious” Booklist story that will haunt you to your very core.

Bellman & Black: A Novel #ad - Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him.

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Girl Reading: A Novel

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Scribner #ad - And in the not-so-distant future a woman navigates a cyber-reality that has radically altered the way people experience art and life. A victorian medium poses with a book in one of the first photographic studios. An eighteenth-century female painter completes a portrait of a deceased poetess for her lover.

This stunningly original, kaleidoscopic novel is an inspired celebration of women reading and the artists who have caught them in the act—“a vivid portrait of a timeless subject” Minneapolis Star Tribune. A young orphan poses for a Renaissance maestro in medieval Siena. A servant girl in seventeenth-century Amsterdam snatches a moment away from her work to lose herself in tales of knights and battles.

Girl Reading: A Novel #ad - A girl suffering her first heartbreak witnesses intellectual and sexual awakening during the Great War. Each chapter of katie ward’s novel immerses readers into the intimate tales behind the creation of seven portraits by artists, ranging from Simone Martini to Pieter Janssens Elinga to a Flickr photographer.

A young woman reading in a bar catches the eye of a young man who takes her picture. Dazzlingly inventive, this is “a fascinating testament to the universal themes of art and literature and the spirit of femininity” BookPage. In gorgeous prose, our relationship to art, Ward explores our points of connection, the history of women, and the importance of reading.

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Once Upon a River: A Novel

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Atria/Emily Bestler Books #ad - Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison stand ready to welcome their granddaughter.

Suspenseful, and richly atmospheric, romantic, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, this is “a beguiling tale, and just as rich and intriguing” M. L. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Is it a miracle? is it magic? or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Once Upon a River: A Novel #ad - Three families are keen to claim her. Stedman, #1 new york times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.

Once upon a river is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years.

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Rodin's Lover: A Novel

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Plume #ad - A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque FranceAs a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when auguste rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.

Rodin’s lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.

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