Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Packaged in a series of short stories, Colum McCann’s Transatlantic shows the connections between random lives in Ireland and the United States.  The stories feature such notable figures as Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Senator George Mitchell. … Continue reading

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The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Set in Charleston in the early 19th century, Sue Monk Kidd presents a work of historical fiction about the Grimke sisters – two real life abolitionists.  They grew up in a slave-owning family and eventually settled in the North, writing … Continue reading

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Valley Of The Horses by Jean M. Auel

In this sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of the Horses begins when Ayla is banished from the clan, and she heads north in search of Others like herself.  She ends up spending years alone, with only a … Continue reading

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The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

Set in post World War I Austria, Zweig examines the struggles of everyday citizens in an economy suffering under the weight of the extreme punishments of the Treaty of Versailles. Christine is a young woman who works in the local … Continue reading

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The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

Set in the Oregon Territory, Jane Kirkpatrick tells the true story of Eliza Spalding Warren, a women who was witness to the 1847 massacre and held hostage by the Cayuse Indians. A work of historical fiction, the author begins the … Continue reading

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December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith

Harry Niles is an American who has spent nearly his entire life in Japan.  The son of missionaries, Harry grew up with Tokyo street kids and would have passed for Japanese if not for his gaijin looks. Fast forward to December … Continue reading

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China Dolls by Lisa See

Always a Lisa See fan, I was eager to be absorbed into a world of Chinese historical fiction with this book.  China Dolls is actually set in San Francisco in 1938, where three friends, Ruby, Helen and Grace decide to put … Continue reading

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