It’s 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. A great psychological portrait.
Tight and fast paced, the 1960’s tone is elegant and smooth. When single, 38-year-old bookstore owner Kitty begins repetitively dreaming she is married with a family, her grip on reality begins to falter, and causing her (and the reader) to question everything.
Historical fiction that is funny, disturbing and imaginative. McBride introduces us to the story of Henry Shackleford, a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, who, disguised as a girl, travels with legendary abolitionist John Brown. Highlighting McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
Discover how love is maintained during brutal times of war. Set in a rural village in Chechnya, young Havaa finds herself alone after Russian soldiers abduct her father. Her neighbor Akhmed finds her and makes a decision that changes both of their lives. Enter the third important character, the village’s sole remaining doctor. A brutal, yet sensitive story.
To protect her sickly husband, a woman enters the military disguised as a man during the Civil War. Poetic writing and beautiful imagery take the reader into the relationship of a married couple and into the heart of the Civil War.
A coming of age saga set in Boston throughout the early 20th century. Diamant tackles women’s issues, love, friendship, and the challenges of American immigration with poise and powerful storytelling.
Beautiful and haunting, Bergman’s fictional stories about real women are poignant and romantic; heartbreaking, and intuitive. A must read.
Prepare to be transported to 1922 Egypt during the obsessive hunt for ancient treasure and the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Eleven-year-old Lucy is in the middle of the excitement but is confused by the secrets and intrigue. The details, the characters, the storytelling – Beauman’s writing is perfection, especially those who love historical fiction.