Tag Archives: historical fiction

What Can’t Be Seen

What I didn’t realize until the end of Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow, was that it is historical fiction based on the lives of the reclusive Collyer brothers who resided in New York City during the last century. Homer … Continue reading

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Omens

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George is an ambitious attempt at retelling the history of an infamous emperor whose legacy was more than previously depicted in literature and film. Remembered as a mentally imbalanced leader who fiddled as … Continue reading

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Don’t Touch That Dial

Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford is a historical fiction novel based on the early days of BBC radio and a key female producer named Hilda Matheson. In part, this is a mystery novel which is told from the point-of-view of … Continue reading

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Showdown

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a wonderful historical fiction based on events which occurred in the late eighteen hundreds. In this story, we find Thomas Edison at war with George Westinghouse over who has patent rights … Continue reading

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Wandering Exiles

I began reading The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa on the anniversary of The Night of the Broken Glass.  It was coincidental, not purposeful. I finished the novel on Armistice Day. The timing was perfect and the book quite … Continue reading

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The Black Gemstone

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a best-selling epic tale about the descendents of two half-sisters who were born on the Gold Coast in Africa during the days of slave trading. Although Effia and Esi share the same father, they are … Continue reading

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Black or White

The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe is an interesting novel based on the life of Anita Hemmings, the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College in 1897. When the beautiful, light-skinned Hemmings enrolled in Vassar, she kept secret the … Continue reading

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