First published in 2006, Jo Waltonâ€™s Farthing was hailed as a masterpiece, a darkly romantic thriller set in an alternate postwar England sliding into fascism.
Eight years after they overthrew Churchill and led Britain into a separate peace with Hitler, the upper-crust families of the â€œFarthing setâ€ are gathered for a weekend retreat. Among them is estranged Farthing scion Lucy Kahn, who canâ€™t understand why her and her husband Davidâ€™s presence was so forcefully requested. Then the country-house idyll is interrupted when the eminent Sir James Thirkie is found murderedâ€”with a yellow Star of David pinned to his chest.
Lucy begins to realize that her Jewish husband is about to be framed for the crimeâ€”an outcome that would be convenient for altogether too many of the various political machinations underway in Parliament in the coming week. But whoeverâ€™s behind the murder, and the frame-up, didnâ€™t reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts and underdogsâ€”and prone to look beyond the obvious as a result.
As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way outâ€”a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.
An epic saga of America's might-have-been, Voyage is a powerful, sweeping novel of how, if President Kennedy had lived, we could have sent a manned mission to Mars in the 1980s. Imaginatively created from the true lives and real events., Voyage returns to the geniuses of NASA and the excitement of the Saturn rocket, and includes historical figures from Neil Armstrong to Ronald Reagan who are interwoven with unforgettable characters whose dreams mirror the promise of a young space program that held the world in thrall. There is: Dana, the Nazi camp survivor who achieves the dream of his hated masters; Gershon, the Vietnam fighter jock determined to be the first African-American to land on another planet; and Natalie York, the brilliant geologist/astronaut who risks a career and love for the chance to run her fingers through the soil of another world.