Category Archives: Historical fiction

Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD by Therese Anne Fowler

The beauty of a good book is that it makes you want to read more. Or write something. Or both. Therese Anne Fowler’s Z, a fictionalized account of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life, is such a book. You will want to read … Continue reading

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RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles

When a friend recommended the new novel by Amor Towles, GENTLEMAN OF MOSCOW, I did a little research and discovered that his first novel, RULES OF CIVILITY, received high praise, too. Let’s start with the paperback, I thought. RULES OF … Continue reading

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THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, which I also loved, has produced another comforting installment for those of us inclined to cuddle up under a blanket. Whether you are suffering from the flu or simply trying not to … Continue reading

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CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain

One thing we could all use in this world is more empathy. I was thinking about this problem while reading Paula McLain’s latest historical fiction memoir, CIRCLING THE SUN, which puts us deeply in the shoes of Beryl Clutterbuck—later Markham—who … Continue reading

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LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson

The idea of immortality is, to say the least, not new. To consider some popular media examples: in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, an arrogant weatherman, is forced to live the same day over and over until … Continue reading

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THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters

This historical novel by Sarah Waters is inviting, seductive, mysterious, extremely attentive to detail, and densely stuffed with dilemmas about desire. The story begins with deceptive simplicity: a British mother and her only surviving relation, her daughter, are unable to make ends … Continue reading

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