Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Before We Were Yours

Lisa Wingate      Pages: 334     Published: 2017

The book: It’s Memphis, Tennessee in 1939. The five Foss children, who are all under twelve, live on a riverboat with their parents. One stormy night, when their mother is taken ill, the children are left alone. Unbeknownst to the parents, some strangers have nefarious plans for their children. Read more

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

Kelli Estes       Pages: 390       Published: 2015

The book: It’s modern-day Seattle. Inara has graduated and is about to start a corporate job her father has arranged for her.  She’s unenthused with the idea and has other plans that involve an old family home she has inherited on Orcas Island in the Puget Sound. There she finds an old piece of embroidered cloth and sets out to discover its origins.

Mei Lien lives in Seattle during the 1800s, a time period during which racism was rampant. Tragedy befalls her family. Read more

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan               Pages: 334                Published: 2018

The book: It’s 1830. George Washington Black (Wash) is an eleven-year-old field slave on a plantation in Barbados. His master’s brother, Christopher Wilde, needs a slave to assist him in building a flying machine. He selects Wash and so begins a new chapter in the young slave’s life, which will take him on a journey far beyond the confines of the planation in Barbados. The strained relationship between Christopher Wilde and his brother will have a lasting impact on Wash. What will become of Washington Black? Where will his journey with Christopher take him? Read more

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah      Pages: 564      Published:  2015

The book: France, August 1939. Vianne, a teacher, her husband, Antoine, and their daughter, Sophie, live in the Loire Valley. Life seems good, but then Antoine is drafted into the French Army. Isabelle, Vianne’s estranged, rebellious sister, is expelled from boarding school and makes her way to Paris, where she plans to live with her father.  World War II begins and life gets harder in both Paris and the Loire Valley. As the Germans overrun France, what will happen to Vianne and her family? Where will Isabell’s rebellious streak take her? Into danger? Will the family survive the war? Read more

Dancing In The Baron’s Shadow

Fabienne Josaphat               Pages: 231           Published: 2016

The book: It’s 1965 and Haiti is ruled by a brutal leader, Francois Duvalier, better known outside the country as Papa Doc.
Two brothers, Raymond, a taxi driver, and Nicolas, a university professor, struggle to survive, albeit in very different economic situations.  Nicolas is secretly compiling a dossier of crimes committed by the regime. He gets caught and sent to the infamous Fort Dimanche, a prison from which few people ever escape. Can Raymond save his brother? Read more

PACHINKO

Min Jin Lee              Pages: 489                Published: 2017

The book: This is an epic saga spanning four generations of a Korean family. The story begins in early 1900s Korea and ends in Japan in the late 1980s. We move from rural Korea, before and during the country’s occupation by the Japanese, to Japan, where the family tries to build a new life while facing discrimination from the locals. Lee weaves history and the personal stories of characters together beautifully. Read more

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