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  • Dark Aemilia : A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady
    Sally O'Reilly
    Hardcover: 05/27/2014
     
    In rich, vivid detail, Sally O'Reilly breathes life into England's first female poet, a mysterious woman ...
  • The Book of Heaven
    Patricia Storace
    Hardcover: 02/18/2014
     
    A stunningly original novel of heartrending lyricism about four women, a fierce mythopoeia that invites us to ...
  • The Midwife's Tale
    Sam Thomas
    Paperback: 12/10/2013
     
    In the tradition of Arianna Franklin and C. J. Sansom comes Samuel Thomas's remarkable debut, The Midwife...
  • Illuminations : A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
    Mary Sharratt
    Paperback: 10/15/2013
     
    Skillfully interweaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Sharratt's ...
  • Something Red
    Douglas Nicholas
    Paperback: 06/18/2013
     
    An intoxicating and spirited blend of fantasy, mythology, and history, Something Red features the most ...
  • The Maid : A Novel of Joan of Arc
    Kimberly Cutter
    Paperback: 10/16/2012
     
    The girl who led an army, the peasant who crowned a king, the maid who became a legend.
  • The Dovekeepers : A Novel
    Alice Hoffman
    Paperback: 04/03/2012
     
    Over five years in the writing, The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a ...

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