Siberia 1919. In the outer reaches of a country recently torn apart by civil war lives a small Christian sect and its enigmatic leader, Balashov. Stationed nearby is a regiment of Czech soldiers, desperate to get home but on the losing side in the recent conflict. Into this isolated community trudges Samarin, an escapee from Russia's northernmost gulag.
From James Meek, the prize-winning author of the international best seller The People’s Act of Love, comes a rich and intricate novel about everything that matters to us now: children, celebrity, secrets and shame, the quest for youth, loyalty and betrayal, falls from grace, acts of terror, and the wonderful, terrible inescapability of family.Ritchie Shepherd, an aging pop star and a producer of a reality show for teen talent, is starting to trip over his own lies.
"Just too distant and complicated."
Would you betray your lover to give them what they wanted? Bec Shepherd is a malaria researcher struggling to lead a good life. Ritchie, her reprobate brother, is a rock star turned TV producer. When Bec refuses an offer of marriage from a powerful newspaper editor and Ritchie's indiscretions catch up with him, brother and sister are forced to choose between loyalty and betrayal.
"7 hours of my life I could have spent better"
The message was short: "I want to see you now. I want you to come to me, it doesn't matter how late it is, and tell me exactly what you want from me." Like the world around him, at the dawn of the 21st century, Adam Kellas' life is showing distinct signs of cracking apart. Against his better judgement, Kellas - divorced, unstable, spurned by his lover and by the world of letters - accepts a war assignment from his newspaper.
Bec Sheperd, Forscherin aus Leidenschaft, hat ein hehres Ziel im Leben: Sie will die Menschheit von der Geißel der Malaria befreien. Dafür ist sie sogar bereit, ihre eigene Gesundheit aufs Spiel zu setzen. Ihr Bruder Ritchie, einstmals gefeierter Rockstar und nun millionenschwerer TV-Produzent, riskiert hingegen für eine Affäre mit einer Minderjährigen die Trennung von seiner Ehefrau. Nur einer weiß von dieser Bettgeschichte: der skrupellose Journalist Val...