Tag Archives: Historical fiction

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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