This is a gorgeously written novel - which spans a century or so including the Civil War in the U. S. and features aviators, a peace negotiator, Frederick Douglass and Northern Ireland. It is one of the most beautiful reads I've come across - mesmerizing - I can't wait to read more from this writer. It was also poignant for me as my dear departed mom was from Belfast.
Second up - "Paris" - a sweeping saga over centuries of the City of Light by that master storyteller of metropolises - Edward Rutherfurd. Again he tells the stories of a few families over generations in this epic novel. Great characters, storylines and a compelling history lesson. Fantastique!