Biography

Mary Doria Russell

Widely praised for meticulous research, fine prose and the compelling narrative drive of her stories, Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of six bestselling novels, including the science fiction classics THE SPARROW and CHILDREN OF GOD; the Pulitzer-nominated World War II thriller, A THREAD OF GRACE; and a political romance set in 1921 Cairo called DREAMERS OF THE DAY. With her latest novels, DOC and EPITAPH, Russell has redefined two towering figures of the American West: the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon Doc Holliday. The daughter of a sheriff, Mary grew up with cops and guns but also holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and taught anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry.

Mary Doria Russell

Books by Mary Doria Russell

by Mary Doria Russell - Fiction, Historical Fiction

On October 26, 1881, Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and 30 bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt. Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West.

by Mary Doria Russell - Fiction, Historical Fiction

The year is 1878, the peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp.

by Mary Doria Russell - Fiction, Historical Fiction

It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes overnight an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.