A Room with a View
by E.M. Forster
In contrast to the previous book--Possession--the Eight is the kind of book that gets sold in paperback in airports, and could be read in cross-country flight. It's similar, however, in its entwined time lines: a woman in modern times tries to collect the chess pieces that hold the clues to eternal life through alchemy, mirroring a similar quest that occurs during the French Revolution. Good adventure; good history.