Margaret George's capacious historical novel offers a portrait of the Elizabethan Age in duelling voices—one belonging to Queen Bess herself and the other to her lookalike cousin and enemy, Lettice Knollys. There's room enough for political machinations, palace intrigues, romantic passion—and Shakespeare, too.
Continuing the story, begun in Roma, of the aristocratic Pinarius family, Steven Saylor follows its fortunes through the peak decades of Rome's empire, the age of Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, Trajan, and Hadrian.
Katie Hickman’s vividly drawn historical confection transports us to 17th-century Venice, where an English merchant schemes to win the 322-carat gem of the novel’s title at the gaming table while several storylines converge with page-turning satisfaction.
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…