Karen Engelmann, “The Stockholm Octavo” (Ecco Books, 2012)
It’s 1789, and despite the troubles in France, Emil Larsson, a sekretaire in the Customs Office in Stockholm, has life pretty much where he wants it. His job brings him lucrative under-the-table deals with pirates, smugglers, and innkeepers–not to mention… Read More
Julian Berengaut, “The Estate of Wormwood and Honey” (Russian Estate Books, 2012)
Illegitimacy doesn’t mean much in today’s Europe and North America. In an age when we celebrate many different kinds of families, “bastard” has become an epithet thrown, most often inaccurately, at someone who upsets you. But that was not always… Read More
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