The Stockholm Octavo

Set in eighteenth century Sweden, this story of fate defied revolves around Emil Larsson, a bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise. When a fortune-teller predicts that a path to love and success lays before Emil if only he finds eight essential people, he embarks on a journey to fulfill his destiny. It quickly becomes a desperate quest to save his country from rebellion and chaos. Karen Engelmann's novel brims with historical detail and timeless magic.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…