The Crown of Columbus

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In their only fully collaborative literary work, Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich have written a gripping novel of history, suspense, recovery, and new beginnings. The Crown of Columbus chronicles the adventures of a pair of mismatched lovers--Vivian Twostar, a divorced, pregnant anthropologist, and Roger Williams, a consummate academic, epic poet, and bewildered father of Vivian's baby--on their quest for the truth about Christopher Columbus and themselves. When Vivian uncovers what is presumed to be the most diary of Christopher Columbus, she and Roger are drawn into a journey from icy New Hampshire to the idyllic Caribbean in search of "the greatest treasure of Europe." Lured by the wild promise of redeeming the past, they are plunged into a harrowing race against time and death that threatens--and finally changes--their lives. A rollicking tale of adventure, The Crown of Columbus is also contemporary love story and a tender examination of parenthood and passion.

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A novel from Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich, winner of America’s prestigious National Book Award for Fiction, 2012.

Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps – his burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: 'The Biggest Barrow in the World'.

Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles 'as the crow flies'. But in Jeffrey Archer's expert hands it becomes an epic journey through the triumphs and disasters of the century, as Charlie follows a thread of love, ambition and revenge to fulfil the dream his grandfather inspired.

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"The rare novel that is both literature and good fun."-- Barbara Kingsolver"A thriller and love story...A mediation on power and betrayal...An exhilarating novel of risk, redemption and discovery."-- "Los Angeles Times""Highly entertaining, full of intrigue, wit, search for self and a buried treasure. Suspenseful and clever."-- "Miami Herald""Compelling entertainment...Fast-paced, fluently written...Combines the archaeological suspense of "Raiders of the Ark" with the scholarly thrills of A. S. Byatt's "Possession.""-- "New York Times""Splendid...A novel to cherish and reread...An original genre, using the frame of an adventure yarn to house a love story and a novel of ideas."-- "New Woman"

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