I am fascinated by the art and lives of the Wyeth clan, so I figured A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline would be an interesting read. And it was but perhaps not in the way I expected. Obviously not a thriller but an well done historical novel with an enigmatic and fascinating subject as a touch point
Tag - Historical fiction
It moves from the interior thoughts and emotions of its characters to the historic events that surround them, to the interaction of people across social, cultural and language boundaries, all while sucking you into this gripping story of a fantastical expedition and its impact on both the future and the lives of a young marriage.
today. He proves his mastery again by the character development, story line, and battle descriptions. Each book in the series seems to get better.
Khadra captures Turambo's guttural feelings for his surroundings - whether they are in the ring entertaining Europeans or in the brothel. Her descriptions leap from the page and engage the reader. A good look at colonial Algeria from the perspective of an Arab-Berber.
I do not typically read novels about rich and glamorous people, but Beatriz Williams’ latest novel A Certain Age caught my eye. It caught my eye because it is a mystery hidden inside accounts of New York City life in the 1920s from the perspective of two women. From the publisher: As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young...
Elyce Wakerman's A Tale of Two Citizens is an immigrant story based in the thirties and forties that rings true in today's over-heated immigrant debate.
A Man of Genius by Janet Todd is a psychological page turner. It delves deeply into the interactions between a female writer and a genius/borderline madman. Here is brief summary from the publisher: A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into obsession and secrecy. It mirrors a physical journey from flamboyant Regency England through a defeated Europe struggling to create a new order after the upheavals of the Napoleonic conquests. Ann, an author of cheap Gothic novels...
Most people have heard of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) - the night when the Nazis targeted Jews throughout Germany - but most people do not know whose actions were used as the pretext for the attacks. Everyone Has Their Reasons is an excellent look at the fictional musings of one of history's little-known assassins whose actions created such chaos.
It turned out to be a simple but engaging story about a boy struggling with his heritage and how to fit in but also a short history of the life of Crazy Horse. It is basically a history lesson on Crazy Horse based on the oral history of his people but in the form of a story told by a grandfather on a road trip with his grandson. The fitting in part is just a hook to get the story started.