M.J. Joseph

The Lübecker

A Novel

The Lübecker, explores the dynamics of personal identity and self-knowledge in a thematically braided journey of characters toward a dramatic and unexpected finale.


A remarkable work of fiction

M.J. Joseph probes the dynamics of personal identity and self-knowledge, explores some of Western literature’s most profound philosophical and religious challenges, and gives voice to one of history’s most moving and memorable human struggles. Highlighting the vast chasm, yet undeniable similarities, among characters with varied cultural, intellectual, and religious traditions, The Lübecker is a thoughtful and thought-provoking novel by a dynamic new voice in historical fiction.


What others are saying about M.J. Joseph's writing

“Readers seeking a sweeping historical novel that highlights social, spiritual and political challenges of the World War I era will find the time invested in reading The Lübecker is time well spent. The Lübecker is very highly recommended for its ability to move beyond the trappings of romance, military, or social experience to embrace elements of all three as it pursues its characters across changing landscapes.”
- Midwest Book Review
“Joseph has created a very ambitious book here. If you’re open to that kind of reading commitment and you like historical fiction, then by all means, give it a shot. You just might be the ideal reader.”
- The Sarasota Scene
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Meet the man behind the book

Born and raised in Florida, M. J. Joseph maintains memberships in the English Goethe Society, the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship and the William Faulkner Society, and is a supporter-member of the Society For The Study Of Southern Literature. He is an enthusiastic and devoted Associate of Lincoln Cathedral.

Prior to retiring, Joseph enjoyed a lengthy and rewarding career with an industrial firm where he served as CEO and managed the company’s merger with a larger international corporation. He divides his time between Europe and his home on Florida’s northern coast. M.J. Joseph and his wife Ann have two children.

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Thoughts and stories from the author

Interview with Blogcritics

In this behind-the-scenes interview with Blogcritics, M.J. Joseph discusses the unique challenges writers sometimes face. Joseph has

Character Interview with Beyond the Books

In this unique Character Interview, Beyond the Books highlights the character of Olivia Becouche-Albukerk from The Lübecker. Olivia

Interview with Book Publishing Secrets

In this online interview, the author M.J. Joseph discusses the publishing journey with Book Publishing Secrets. BPS: