JAMES CONROYD MARTIN TRILOGY
Push Not the River
St. Martin’s Press; 496 pp.pb
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This book club favorite is based on the real diary of a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the Third of May Constitution years, a time of great turmoil. Vivid, romantic, and thrillingly paced, the novel paints the emotional and memorable portrait of the metamorphosis of a nation—and of Anna. a proud and resilient young woman, and Jan, her soldier-husband. Critics have called the story Poland’s Gone with the Wind.
“The story is well paced and compelling, the historical detail plentiful yet not overwhelming, and the characters engaging and true to the period.”
—The Historical Novels Review.
The author is the winner of the 2007 Gold Medal for Literature from The American Institute of Polish Culture.
Against a Crimson Sky
St. Martin’s Press; 369 pp.pb.
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Reading Group Guide
“You don’t have to read Push Not the River to get the most from this sequel,” says Suzanne Strempek Shea. The award-winning author picks up where Push Not the River leaves off, taking the characters 20 years into the fascinating Napoléonic era, highlighting the exploits of the glorious Polish lancers. Having narrowly escaped death amidst the chaos caused by the violent dissolution of their homeland, Anna and Jan struggle to raise a family in uncertain times. When Napoléon Bonaparte comes calling, hinting at independence one day for the country, Polish legions form up—Anna’s friends and family members among them—and accompany Napoléon as he battles his way across Europe in an effort that culminates in the doomed 1812 winter march to Moscow.
“A sprawling epic . . . entertaining.”
The Warsaw Conspiracy
Hussar Quill Press
508 pp. pb.
Portraying two brothers in love and war, The Warsaw Conspiracy completes the trilogy begun with Push Not the River and Against a Crimson Sky. You need not have read the others to enjoy this family saga set against the November Rising (1830-1831). Michał is a seasoned soldier; his impassioned brother and cadet, Józef, becomes caught up in the plot to abduct the Grand Duke of Russia. With Siberia or emigration heart-rending contingencies, matriarchs Anna and Zofia attempt to steer the clan through ever-muddying waters.
"Martin's passionate saga of Poland and its long struggle for autonomy continues in The Warsaw Conspiracy. Here he examines the dreams
and heartbreak of a brave insurrection against the Russian czars and the rise of Josef Stelnicki, one of those thrilling military warriors, uniquely Polish, called hussars."
— Karleen Koen, New York Times bestselling author of Through a Glass Darkly and Before Versailles.
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