G. Willow Wilson Pages: 402 Published: 2019
The book: Spain, 1491. Fatima is a concubine in the court of a sultan in the last Spanish emirate. Her best friend, Hassan, has magical powers and is the royal mapmaker. A delegation from the Spanish monarchy arrives and demands the sultan surrender his land and his people to them. Within the delegation is a representative of the Inquisition who takes a particular interest in Fatima and Hassan. Why are they of interest to the Inquisitor? What will become of them, the sultan and his city? Read more
John Burnham Schwartz Pages: 268 Published: 2019
The book: Svetlana Alliluyeva was the only daughter of Joseph Stalin. Her high-profile defection to the USA in 1967 caused an international stir.
Schwartz has conjured up a fictional telling of Svetlana’s story that is loosely based on fact and an imagined relationship with Schwartz’s own father, who did in fact have some dealings with her in real life. Read more
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
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
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
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