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The House of Velvet and Glass

(2012)
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Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball.

Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston's Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium.

But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium's scrying glass.

From the opium dens of Boston's Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist that will leave readers breathless.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Richly atmospheric, The House of Velvet and Glass transported me to the turn of the twentieth century and a world changing as rapidly and irrevocably as our own. A gifted historian and storyteller, Katherine Howe has created a vividly imagined world that made me want to suspend time, lingering just a bit longer with the characters who live there, before the whole thing vanished in the clouded glass." - Brunonia Barry

"The House of Velvet and Glass is an intricate and intimate family portrait, painted against a backdrop of beautifully rendered tales of colonialist Shanghai, the wreck of the Titanic, and upper-crust Boston dabblers in the spirit world in the uneasy days preceding the Great War. I'd ask Katherine Howe for more than this, but it seems churlish to request that she turn the pages for me." - Lyndsay Faye

"Katherine Howe follows up her amazing debut with The House of Velvet and Glass, a thoughtful journey into the realms of the supernatural that inhabits its source material with effortless ease and charm. A totally absorbing read peopled with characters who will haunt readers' minds." - David Liss


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Hardback Editions

April 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
Author(s): Katherine Howe
ISBN: 1-4013-4091-1 / 978-1-4013-4091-9 (USA edition)
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April 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Katherine Howe
ISBN: 1-4104-4874-6 / 978-1-4104-4874-3 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

January 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
Author(s): Katherine Howe
ISBN: 1-4013-4200-0 / 978-1-4013-4200-5 (USA edition)
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September 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
Author(s): Katherine Howe
ISBN: 0-14-103817-9 / 978-0-14-103817-9 (UK edition)
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September 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
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April 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
Author(s): Katherine Howe
ISBN: 1-4013-4196-9 / 978-1-4013-4196-1 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: House of Velvet and Glass, Unabridged The LOW-PRICE CD
Author(s): Katherine Howe
ISBN: 1-4013-7041-1 / 978-1-4013-7041-1 (USA edition)
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April 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
Author(s): Katherine Howe
ISBN: 1-4013-2626-9 / 978-1-4013-2626-5 (USA edition)
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April 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
Author(s): Katherine Howe
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September 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
Author(s): Katherine Howe
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Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
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