Tag Archives: early 20th century

The House At Riverton by Kate Morton

Kate Morton’s debut novel, The House at Riverton, is a gothic mystery set in England between the world wars.  The main character, Grace Bradley, is a servant in the house, and the story of what happened to the Hartford family’s daughters … Continue reading

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Circling The Sun by Paula McLain

Paula McLain takes on the story of Beryl Markham, a woman who challenges the molds of womanhood in early 20th century Kenya.  Markham was a trainer of race-horses, a pilot, and experimented in promiscuity. Though Beryl Markham was a real … Continue reading

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The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey

Set in early 20th century Northern Ireland, the novel begins when Eileen O’Neill’s family is torn apart at the death of her father.  The family is split up – her mother winds up in a mental institution and young Eileen … Continue reading

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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

I am a sucker for books about ballet.  The Painted Girls is the story of the real life ballet muse, Marie van Goethem, who as a young girl became the inspiration for several Degas works, including a little statuette entitled … Continue reading

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When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

Christopher Banks is a famous London detective, who, having solved countless mysteries, turns his attention to the one mystery he always wanted resolved:  the disappearance of his parents in Shanghai when he was a young boy of eleven. Ishiguro pens … Continue reading

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

A troubled teen ends up doing community service work for a 91 year old woman, and what follows is a journey into the past, ultimately forging a bond between the two. The elderly woman, Vivian Daly, was once orphaned, and … Continue reading

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So Brave, Young and Handsome by Leif Enger

“They were presently in agreement that vagabonds were the most alluring terror locally available.” Monte Becket is a mild-mannered family man and former postman turned author.  After having achieved considerable success with his first novel, an adventure tale about a … Continue reading

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