Historical Fiction is a proving to be a very popular genre right now and we are getting tons of requests for suggestions and recommendations! Luckily for us, Booklist has put out a Top 10 list of Historical Fiction for the first quarter of 2009, check it out!
Drood by Dan Simmons
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
Exiles by Ron Hansen
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
Celebrated crime novelist Lehane offers his first full-scale historical epic, a detail-rich exploration of America at the end of World War I, a country on the verge of being torn apart by civil and political unrest. (The Bookies will be discussing this book June 9th at 10am, come join the fun!)
Indignation by Philip Roth
The the main character and the setting are plucked from traditional Roth country: a nice Jewish boy, the son of a kosher butcher, living in Newark in the early 1950s. A fast-paced, compassionate, humorous, historically conscious novel.
In the late 1600s in colonial America, slavery still exists as a thriving industry that translates into plenty of business for many people. The women associated with Virginia planter Jacob Vaark, who has quickly risen from “ratty orphan” to man of means, speak their piece in this fitting companion to Morrison’s highly regarded Beloved.
Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter
Carter explores evolving perspectives on race, violence, and national ideals through a cast of fascinating characters, drawn from both real life and the author’s earlier novels.
A versatile short story writer and novelist tells one soldier’s story in a World War II novel distilled to its chilling essence, steeped in the wretched absurdity of war and the dream of peace.
The Women by T. C. Boyle
The women who inspired Boyle’s latest fictional improvisation on the lives of historical figures are the lovers and wives of master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. A gorgeous novel of artistic conviction.