Category Archives: historical fiction

The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton

This is a very interesting historical fiction novel set in Golden Age Amsterdam, which taught me lots of things and made me think a lot about what the city would have been like then. The story itself, though, was not … Continue reading

Posted in book review, books, fiction, historical fiction | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

This is a “companion piece” to Atkinson’s completely wonderful Life After Life. There was no way she could possibly top that. Our protagonist of Life After Life, Ursula, lived many possibly lives in the novel, and this is the story … Continue reading

Posted in book review, books, fiction, historical fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau

We read this for one of my book clubs for black history month. It seems an odd choice for this, because, though it is set in the American South, over several generations, but mostly in the 60s, and it deal … Continue reading

Posted in book review, books, classics, fiction, historical fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I re-read this for a book club. The first time I read it was almost twenty years ago and I could not remember a lot of the details. My main memory was being blown away by the beauty of the … Continue reading

Posted in book review, books, classics, fiction, historical fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I read this book because it was on many people’s lists of best historical fiction of the year and also best fiction of the year. I found it a struggle to get through, and if it had not been on … Continue reading

Posted in fiction, historical fiction | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory writes books about women. So, I was unsure of what to think about her new book about the middle ages’ best-known murdering nutcase misogynist tyrant, Henry VIII. It turns out that it is not quite about him, it … Continue reading

Posted in book review, books, fiction, historical fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

This story is set in Victorian London, but the characters are timeless. Donoghue read of a real-life scandalous divorce that happened at this time, just divorces were starting to become more common. The wife who was to be divorced had … Continue reading

Posted in book review, books, fiction, historical fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment