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Sweeping us from plague-ravaged Europe to the terrifying near future, acclaimed author Ann Benson brings two eras brilliantly to life. The Physician's Tale is a spellbinding saga of two healers separated by six centuries, both facing terror and trials, bound together by history, science, and destiny.

In the near future, in the hills of the American Northeast, a group of men, women, and children band together for survival against nature and human enemies, huddling in the only corner of the world they know. Among these people is Janie Crowe, a physician whose son is her greatest hope and deepest secret. Etched into Janie's memory is the ancient journal of a Jewish man of medicine-a man who fought for survival in his own age of plague.

In Europe, in the age of the Black Death, Alejandro Canches must hide his identity-and break his oath as a physician for the sake of his and his loved ones' lives. As France and England are locked in war, and disease lays waste to both, Alejandro's daughter Kate is caught in the clutches of King Edward of England. Betrayed by a patient, hunted by the king, Alejandro makes a desperate journey to Windsor itself, where a clever scribe named Geoffrey Chaucer has hatched a fantastic plan for Kate's escape....

As the story of Alejandro and his family builds to a gripping climax, and as Janie's life is racked by trials and the dawning of a new age, The Physician's Tale brings together a rich cast of friends and lovers, traitors and healers. Unraveling mysteries of science, history, and the human heart, Ann Benson has created a stunning chronicle of courage in the face of darkness-in a work of vibrant storytelling and unrelenting suspense.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ann Benson

Ann Benson is the author of four Random House/Delacorte Press historical novels: "The Plague Tales, "The Burning Road", "The Physician's Tale" (The Plague Trilogy) , and "Thief of Souls," as well as her fifth novel "Ambrosia," set in post-9/11 New York. Ms. Benson is the also author of multiple books on beading and needle arts, and the designer of hundreds of beading and needle art designs. She has developed and now manufactures a simple beading loom for small jewelry that requires no warp finishing. As the producer/writer/videographer/animator/narrator of dozens of instructional YouTube videos for beading, embroidery, weaving and more, Ann is renowned for the clarity and precision of her teaching. She is widely recognized as the world's leading expert on beaded crochet.Ann is happily married to retired Detective Gary Frost. She is the proud mother of two exceptional grown women, and the doting grandmother of Jack, Ella, Elizabeth, Dezarae, Erika, Maddie and Autumn. Mommy of Charlotte, Chihuahua with attitude. She resides in Port Orange, Florida, and South Dennis, Massachusetts.Ms. Benson is a closet singer, and is always writing something . . .For more information on Ann's books, and a list of links to all of the free instructional materials she has made available, please visit annbenson.com.

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