Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Charlotte Sometimes

There are certain kinds of kids’ books I love. I don’t necessarily seek them out, but I love them nearly every time I read them. Time travel books, boarding school books, ballet books, books about (sometimes orphan) siblings, books about … Continue reading

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Hild

The exciting thing about a person like Saint Hilda of Whitby is that we know so little about her, so there’s lot of room for a historical fiction writer to simply make stuff up, which is exactly what Nicola Griffith … Continue reading

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The Quickening

Michelle Hoover’s debut novel, The Quickening, is about two women with little in common, forced together by the isolation of their hardscrabble rural lives in the Midwest in the early part of the 20th century. Enidina (she goes by Eddie) … Continue reading

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Barnaby Rudge

Before I start my review, you guys, THIS IS MY LAST DICKENS NOVEL! I have now read all of Dickens (if by “all of Dickens” you mean “not his short stories, novellas, newspaper pieces, plays, travelogues, histories, or Edwin Drood.”) … Continue reading

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The Yellow Admiral

Now that I’ve finished The Yellow Admiral, I only have three books left in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. So there’s a good chance I’ll finish this year! I’ve been enjoying the books a lot, but I’m also ready to be done. … Continue reading

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Pachinko

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is just the kind of historical fiction I love. It’s a great story about decent people living in a time and place I don’t know a lot about. In this case, the setting for most … Continue reading

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Manhattan Beach

During the Great Depression, Eddie Kerrigan took care of his wife and daughters, even if it meant getting involved with the shady gangster Dexter Sykes. But by World War II, Eddie is gone and the women are on their own. … Continue reading

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Fair and Tender Ladies

Reading Lee Smith’s memoir Dimestore last year reminded me of what a good writer she is and inspired me to revisit her fiction for the first time in more than 20 years. The trouble is, aside from Black Mountain Breakdown, I have … Continue reading

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The Commodore

The 17th book in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series finds Stephen and Jack back in England, ready to reunited with their families after years away. Stephen is particularly anxious to meet his daughter, Brigid, but when he arrives home he finds … Continue reading

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Miss Burma

This novel by Charmaine Craig tells the story of the history of Burma (now Myanmar) in the 20th century—from the 1930s to the 1960s—from the perspective of one family. Benny was born in the Jewish quarter in Rangoon but spent … Continue reading

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