A remarkable work of fiction

M.J. Joseph probes the dynamics of personal identity and self-knowledge, highlights 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.


The story behind it

Parallel narratives blend together to form an exquisite, multi-layered novel about life during the roiling milieu of European history leading to the onset of World War I in M.J. Joseph’s The Lübecker.

A stunning and richly-wrought debut novel, The Lübecker centers on the lives of a diverse cast of characters. Readers will find themselves quickly swept up and deeply invested in the compelling characters introduced in this extraordinary novel. The Lübecker brilliantly portrays myriad facets of life during the World War I era by showcasing such stories as that of Dr. Sam Yoffey, a young doctor practicing in Florida’s Panhandle Bayou region in 1886, who has rather inconveniently fallen in love with a nun. Moreover, The Lübecker presents the unforgettable story of David Rosenberg of the northern German city of Lübeck, 8 years old in 1894, and his family—a family forced to endure unspeakable tragedy. Through the stories of David, his beloved aunt Kathe Kahn-Matthäus, parents Gabriele and Jürgen Rosenberg, grandmother Elizabeth Kahn-Matthäus and grandfather Bernhard Gerfried Matthäus, as well as uncle Heinrich Rosenberg, long estranged from brother Jürgen, The Lübecker presents a uniquely human tale destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.


A unique perspective

Brimming with emotion, bristling with compassion, and resplendent with realism, The Lübecker paints a vivid and evocative portrait of life during wartime.

With its rich detail and innovative, yet seamlessly-plotted storyline, The Lübecker is an inventive and engaging novel that evokes the distinctive styles of writers such as Lawrence Durrell and E. M. Forster, bringing to life the struggles, joys, tragedies, trials and triumphs of an era long past.


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: