When Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities ends, the dying hero Sydney Carton foresees that the woman he loves will someday have a child and name it after him. Evrémonde brings that boy to life, and follows the course of young Sydney as he strives to live up to his exalted name. It chronicles the harrowing escape of his parents, Charles and Lucie Darnay, from revolutionary France and their ongoing struggle to recover from the tragic loss of their friend Mr. Carton.

             Relocated to Austria, and soon enduring French occupation and the ravages of the Napoleonic wars, the family is consumed by the urgency to conceal their fugitive status and aristocratic identity. Differences arise between husband and wife, parents and children, on how best to do so. Their conflict permits the new Préfet of Police in Vienna – a troubled figure with an interest in their youngest daughter – to capitalize on the various weaknesses of each family member, as they succumb to their unique fears and neuroses about the past. Ultimately he is successful in rooting out the family’s origin, and proves to be everything Charles Darnay has long feared his escape would come to bear.

             In 2007 Evrémonde was one of three books selected by the Independent Literature Institute in its annual Ulysses Award competition. “Mixing erudite allegory with compelling prose,” the Institute writes, “Ms. Mayer captures the essence of the novel in its myriad of forms with intelligence and craft, offering a subjective voyage well worth the fare.”

             The Ulysses Award was begun in 2001 in order to recognize the significant accomplishments of independently published works. The award is named after the most famous independently published novel in history, James Joyce’s Ulysses. Books are judged based on their literary merit and ability to influence future writers and the culture at large.


  by Diana Mayer

     a sequel to “A Tale of Two Cities,” by Charles Dickens

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      Evrémonde. . . a sequel to "A Tale of Two Cities"