Historical Fiction

The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
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Sarah Waters

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.

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FIC WATERS
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The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
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James McBride

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.

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FIC MCBR
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
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Anthony Marra

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.

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FIC MARR
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The Visitors

The Visitors – Sally Beauman
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Sally Beauman

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.

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FIC BEAUMAN
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