From acclaimed authors David Blixt, Jean Gill, Kristin Gleeson,
J. K. Knauss, Laura Morelli, Katherine Pym,
Deborah Swift, Melodie Winawer, and Lisa J. Yarde
In this anthology, USA Today, international bestselling, and award-winning authors imagine a world where anyone—rich, poor, young, old—might be well in the morning and dead by sundown.
Readers will follow in the footsteps of those who fought to rebuild shattered lives as the plague left desolation in its wake.
An Irish woman tends her dying father while the Normans threaten her life and property. A Hispano-Muslim doctor fights the authorities to stem the spread of the deadly pestilence at great personal cost. A Tuscan street hawker and a fresco painter watch citizens perish all around them even as they paint a better future. A Spanish noblewoman lives at the mercy of a jealous queen after plague kills the king. The Black Death leaves an uncertain legacy to Dante’s son. In Venice, the artist Titian agonizes over a death in obscurity. A Scottish thief loses everything to plague and repents in the hope of preventing more losses. Two teenagers from 2020 time-travel to plague-stricken London and are forever changed. And when death rules in Ottoman-occupied Greece, a Turk decides his own fate.
Nine tales bound together by humanity’s fortitude in the face of despair: a powerful collection of stories for our own time.
In dark and deadly times, love and courage shine bright.