Category: Historical Fiction

City of Thieves

City of Thieves by David Benioff During the Nazi siege of Leningrad, Jewish Lev Beniov is arrested for looting a dead German’s body and thrown into prison, where he meets Kolya, a deserter with perfect Aryan looks.  Expecting to be executed, they are surprised to be met instead with a peculiar command from a powerful…

The Winter Sea

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley In the spring of 1708, a Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers anchored off the coast of Scotland and nearly succeeded in reclaiming the throne of England for exiled James Stewart.  Bestselling author Carrie McClelland intends to use this historical event as the backdrop for her next novel. …

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  There he is made the Tätowierer, tattooing numbers on his fellow prisoners’ arms day after day.  For almost three years, he witnesses the barbaric acts of the Nazis, uses his privileged position…

I Am David

I Am David by Anne Holm For as long as he can remember, the concentration camp in Eastern Europe has been twelve-year-old David’s only life.  He knows nothing about the outside world, but when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it and runs.  With the enemy around every corner, he struggles to…

The Great Alone

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah When Ernt Allbright, Leni’s father, comes home from the Vietnam War as a former POW, he is barely recognizable as the man he once was.  In 1974, he makes an impulsive decision to move his family to Alaska, where they will harvest their own crops and hunt their own…

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Marie-Laure LeBlanc lives in Paris with her father, who works for the Museum of Natural History as the lock master.  At age six, she becomes completely blind, and her father trains her to navigate her own way through the city.  When the Nazis occupy Paris, twelve-year-old…

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini It is the second half of the twentieth century and Afghanistan is on the brink of a turning point in its history.  The Kite Runner follows the friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy man, and Hassan, the son of Amir’s father’s servant.  Their friendship is doomed from…

Red Sky at Noon

Red Sky at Noon by Simon Sebag Montefiore When Benya Golden is sent to the Gulags for a crime he never committed, he joins a penal battalion composed of Cossacks and convicts.  In July 1942, after enrolling in the Russian cavalry, he and his fellow convicts are sent on a mission behind enemy lines and…

Tomorrow

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben Tomorrow is the story of a 217-year-old dog in search of his lost master.  For 127 years he has waited in Venice, hoping every day for his master’s return.  But he has waited in vain… until one day Tomorrow senses his presence and embarks on a journey to find him.  As he…