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Publication Order of The Crossing Books

Publication Order of Lavette Family Books

The Immigrants (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Second Generation (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Establishment (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Legacy (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Immigrant's Daughter (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Independent Woman (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Masao Masuto Books

Matsuto: The Hollywood Murders (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Two Valleys (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Yesterday (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Place in the City (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conceived in Liberty (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Frontier (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haym Salomon, Son of Liberty (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord Baden-Powell of the Boy Scouts (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Romance of a People (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goethals and the Panama Canal (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tall Hunter (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unvanquished (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citizen Tom Paine (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freedom Road (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
The American (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Children (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clarkton (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Glorious Brothers (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Proud and the Free (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spartacus (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fallen Angel / Mirage (As: Walter Ericson) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic Door / Tony and the Wonderful Door (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silas Timberman (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of Lola Gregg (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moses, Prince of Egypt (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Winston Affair (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
April Morning (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Power (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Agrippa's Daughter (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Torquemada (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Max (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outsider (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dinner Party (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pledge (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Confession of Joe Cullen (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trial of Abigail Goodman (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bridge Builder's Story (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hessian (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Redemption (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greenwich (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hollywood Blacklist (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Spain and Peace (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Patrick Henry and the Frigate's Keel (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Departure and Other Stories (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Supper and Other Stories (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Howard Fast Reader (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Edge of Tomorrow (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hunter and the Trap (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time and the Riddle (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Touch of Infinity (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Call of Fife and Drum (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

Thirty Pieces of Silver (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Novelist (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Picture Book History of the Jews (With: Bette Fast) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Literature and Reality (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peekskill, USA (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Naked God (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jews (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Art of Zen Meditation (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Being Red (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
War and Peace (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Incredible Tito (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tito and His People (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Art of the Story Books

A Sportsman's Notebook (By: Ivan Turgenev) (1852)Description / Buy at Amazon
The General Zapped an Angel (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs (By: Tobias Wolff) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Essential Tales of Chekhov (By: Anton Chekhov) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Garden Party and Other Stories (By: Katherine Mansfield) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Continent (By: Jim Crace) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (By: Kevin Wilson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monstress (By: Lysley Tenorio) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Essential Tales Of Chekhov Deluxe Edition (By: Anton Chekhov) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. and Mrs. Baby Deluxe Edition (By: Mark Strand) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanishing Princess (By: Jenny Diski) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Are Taking Only What We Need (By: Stephanie Powell Watts) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (By: Alissa Nutting) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catastrophe and Other Stories (By: Dino Buzzati) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry (By: Elizabeth McCracken) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hue and Cry (By: Edward P. Jones,James McPherson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hurly Burly and Other Stories (By: Russell Banks,A.E. Coppard) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loss of Memory Is Only Temporary (By: Francine Prose,Johanna Kaplan) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Bangs & Whimpers: Stories about The End of The World(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Howard Fast was one of the popular American author and television write, who was famous for writing his books based on the historical fiction genre. He was born on November 11, 1914, and died on March 12, 2003. Author Fast sometimes uses the pen names Walter Ericson and E.V. Cunningham for writing some of his novels. He was born in the New York City to his parents named Barney Fast and Ida Fast. His father was a actually a Ukranian immigrant who had to shorten his name from Fastovsky to Fast after arriving in America, while his mother was an immigrant from England. After the death of author Fast’s mother in the year 1923, his younger brother went to stay with his relatives and his father remained mainly unemployed. Therefore, he and his elder brother had to earn their livelihood by selling newspapers. Quite often, author Fast gives the credit of his voracious reading to his part time job at the Public Library in New York. Since a very young age, he started writing by getting inspired by the things that he used to read at the library. He used to spend most of time by riding railroads and hitchhiking in and around the nation for finding different jobs. At the same time around, he finished the writing part of his first book titled Two Valleys. It was published in the year 1933 when author Fast was just 18 years old.

The first written work of his which went on to become extremely popular is called as Citizen Tom Paine, which was a fictional description of the life of Thomas Paine. At that time, Fast seemed to be largely interested in the American history. Consequently, he went on to write the book titled ‘The Last Frontier’, which was based on the Cheyennes Indians’ try of returning to their homeland. This novel also became an inspiration for making the film called Cheyenne Autumn in the year 1964. Another historical novel that author Fast wrote at that time was titled as ‘Freedom Road’, which was based on the lives of the former slaves during the time of Reconstruction period. Seeing that the novel was based on a real incident, a production company decided to develop into a movie starring Muhammad Ali in the year 1979. In this movie, Ali played a rare role of Gideon Jackson, who was an ex-slave in Virginia during the time of the 1870s, who went on to get elected as a US Senate in the capital city of Washington, D.C.

In the book, Freedom Road as well as in the film adaptation, author Fast has described how Gideon Jackson battled along with other slaves and sharecroppers for keeping their land. During the time of the Second World War, Fast used to work with the War Office Information in America and write for the Voice of America. Later, he entered into politics. After some time in his career, he wrote his most popular work, Spartacus. But, no publishing company was agreeing to publish it, saying that it will not well in the market. Therefore, author Fast decided to publish on his own. With the success of this novel, he was able to further increase his popularity as an author. Author Fast married twice in his lifetime. First, he married Bette Cohen in the year 1937, giving birth to a son and a daughter. After the death of Bette in the year 1999, he went on to marry Mercedes O’Connor. Author Howard Fast died in the city of Old Greenwich, Connecticut. His son Jonathan Fast, daughter-in-law Erica Jong, granddaughter Molly Jong-Fast, and brother Julius Fast, were all novelists.

One of the initial and most successful novel series written by author Howard Fast in entitled ‘Lavette Family’ series, which consists of 6 novels in total. All the books in this series were published between the years 1977 and 1997. This series describes the rise and fall of one of the immigrant families highly determined for making their in The United States. The lives of the generations of the Lavette family are described in this series. ‘The Immigrants’ is the first book in the series, which was published in the year 1977 and set in San Francisco, California, United States. The main characters described in this book include Mark Levy, Anthony Cassalla, Dan Lavette, May Ling, and Jean Sheldon. Author Fast has described the story in the book in the form of a tremendous and beautiful love story. He has very well described the tale of adventure, ambition, and passion set in the most romantic city of America, San Francisco. In the beginning, Dan Lavette is introduced as the son of a common Italian fisherman. He battles to save his life in the San Francisco earthquake and goes on to build a fortune for himself in the shipping industry. With the help of his hard work and marriage with the city’s wealthiest family’s daughter, Dan rose to success. But, he risks everything for a woman whom he finds very much beautiful. She also seems to be knowing the scandalous passion and secrets of Dan. Without the help of this book, author Fast has allowed the city of San Francisco come alive. He has very well described the lives of 3 immigrant families, Chinese, Irish, and Italian. The intertwining dreams of these families are carried on with the coming of age of America.

The next novel in the Lavette Family series was released under the title ‘Second Generation’. It was published by the iBooks publishing house in the year 1978. This novel too describes the life story of Dan Lavette. It actually sweeps through the dramatic change of history, beginning from the Depression years till the end of the Second World War. The main character in this book is actually Barbara Lavette, the daughter of Dan Lavette and his wife Jean. Scornful of the social world of her mother, and troubled by the difficulties of living a dual life, forces the bold and beautiful Barbara to run away and build her own life. But, she ends up in Europe and almost entangled in the web of the Nazi terror. After passing through different experiences of life, Barrbara ultimately begins to understand herself better. Author Howard Fast has developed the plot of this book with great compassion and empathy, which was very much appreciated by the readers. They enjoyed reading about the emotions and love of the characters and their unique description by author Fast.

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