The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars by Maurice DekobraOne of the biggest bestsellers of all time, and one of the first and most influential spy novels of the twentieth century, is back in print for the first time since 1948
Alan Furst fans will note that train passengers in his bestselling thrillers are often observed reading The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars. It’s a smart detail: First published in 1927, the book was one of the twentieth century’s first massive bestsellers, selling over 15 million copies worldwide.
It’s the story of two tremendously charming characters who embark on a glamorous adventure on the Orient Express—and find themselves on a thrilling ride across Europe and into the just-barely unveiled territories of psychoanalysis and revolutionary socialism.
Gerard Seliman—technically, a Prince—is so discouraged by the demise of his marriage that he flees to London to become the personal assistant of a glamorous member of the British peerage, Lady Diana Wyndham. But he soon finds himself involved in a wild scheme by Lady Diana to save herself from looming financial ruin while simultaneously fending off rich lotharios. At the center of it all: a plan to rescue her rights to a Russian oil field now under the control of revolutionaries who don’t like capitalists.
The book that set the standard for intellectual thrillers of political and social intrigue, The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars, with its jetsetting and witty protagonists, is still as fresh a page-turner as ever—and as fun.
Madonna High School (historical) in Kane County IL
A beautiful new campus, located on the west side of Aurora, was opened to meet the needs of a growing student population. The legacy of Catholic educational excellence at Aurora Central Catholic High School began in at Madonna High School - an institution designed to educate young women. In , the legacy of Catholic education expanded with the opening of Roncalli High School to educate young men. For nearly 25 years, as the metropolitan area grew, students shuttled between two campuses and athletic facilities. In , Bishop O'Neill's dream of building a new facility to better meet the needs of the next generation of students was realized with the opening of a new campus.
November 3, 1948 - February 25, 2008
ACC began as two separate secondary schools in The first campus was located on the east side of Aurora, Illinois , in what is now Cowherd Middle School.
Has a Death Occurred? Audrey Lucille Mettel Fixmer, 86 of Fort Atkinson died peacefully at her home on January 22, surrounded by her family. They had 11 children, 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. With degrees in English and Education, Audrey taught English in the Fort Atkinson public schools for 22 years at both the high school and the middle school levels. An avid patron of the arts, she performed and directed numerous plays for both the school district and Fort Atkinson Community Theater. Audrey was a member of St. An avid writer, Audrey wrote a novel, Song of the Phoenix and published a collection of articles entitled, Growing Old Gracefully and other Likely Stories.