My Father's House: Book 1 of the Rome Escape Line Trilogy

Category: Book
By (author): O'Connor, Joseph
Series: Rome Escape Line Trilogy
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: February 2023
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 440
Size: 8.46in x 7.46in x 1.26in
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From The Publisher*

From the best-selling author of Star of the Sea, a WWII-era "great escape" novel set in the Vatican

September 1943: German forces occupy Rome. Gestapo boss Obersturmbannführer Paul Hauptmann rules with terror. Hunger is widespread. Rumors fester. The war's outcome is far from certain.

Diplomats, refugees, and escaped Allied prisoners flee for protection into Vatican City, at one fifth of a square mile the world's smallest state, a neutral, independent country within Rome. A small band of unlikely friends led by a courageous Irish priest is drawn into deadly danger as they seek to help those seeking refuge.

Book 1 in the Rome Escape Line Trilogy, My Father's House is a powerful, heartbreaking literary thriller based on the true story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, who risked his life to smuggle thousands of Jews and escaped Allied prisoners out of Italy under the nose of his Nazi nemesis. A deadly high-stakes battle of wits ensues in this astonishing, unforgettable story of love, faith and sacrifice, exploring what it means to be truly human in the most extreme circumstances.

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Praise for My Father's House

★ "Riveting... A storytelling tour de force. This is top-drawer WWII fiction."-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

★ "If the story were told in typical thriller style, emphasizing action over language, it would still be good, but O'Connor's phrasings are a special joy... A deeply emotional read."-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Praise for Shadowplay

"A vibrantly imaginative narrative of passion, intrigue and literary ambition."-The New York Times Book Review

"O'Connor's magnificent novel does even more than fly, it soars."-Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Subtly drawn and intensely affecting…Recalls, in its effortless grace, those 19th-century novels that made readers of us all."-The Wall Street Journal

"An engrossing story wonderfully well served by superb narration."-Minneapolis Star Tribune

"An absolutely magnificent book. It's not just a portrait of Bram Stoker, but a novel of the here and now. This is one of the best books of the year, anywhere."-Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin

"Intensely atmospheric…As a romp through Ripper-ravaged London, Shadowplay is mightily entertaining. But as a meditation on hidden sexuality, it is powerful and poignant."-The Literary Review

"There are few living writers who can take us back in time so assuredly, with such sensual density, through such gorgeous sentences. Joseph O'Connor is a wonder, and Shadowplay is a triumph."-Peter Carey, author of Parrot and Olivier in America

"A marvelous novel...Magnificent."-Suzie Feay, Financial Times

"A vibrantly imaginative narrative of passion, intrigue and literary ambition set in the garish heyday of a theater presided over by a tyrannical Irving and an exquisitely vulgar Ellen Terry, Britain's answer to Sarah Bernhardt."-Miranda Seymour, The New York Times Book Review

★ "An affectionate, tender story about everyday heroism, secret selves, and triumphs and tragedies on stage and in life and the many kinds of love that bind us together."-Library Journal (Starred Review)

★ "Shadowplay blows the dust off its Victorian trappings and brings them to scintillating life."-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A gorgeous, gorgeous book . . . A thing of great beauty."-Ryan Tubridy, RTE Radio

"Shadowplay totally swept me away . . . It's a bit like Moulin Rouge meets Dracula. I absolutely loved it."-Oliver Callan, Irish Examiner

"O'Connor is one of the best writers working today."-Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

Biographical NoteJoseph O'Connor's Shadowplay was named Novel of the Year at the 2019 Irish Book Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Costa Book Award. His novel Star of the Sea was published in thirty-eight languages and won France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, the Irish Post Award for Fiction, the Nielsen Bookscan Golden Book Award, an American Library Association Award, the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Hall of Fame Award, and the Prix Litteraire Zepter for European Novel of the Year. He is the author of nine novels and is the Inaugural Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.