5 Dreamy Historical Novels
These stories take you back to the age of calling cards, carriages and the occasional complex, believable "attachment" also known as love.
By Amy Shearn
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March 05, 2013
Read three sentences of Amy Brill's gorgeous The Movement of Stars
and you're swiftly transported to the lantern-lit past of 1840s Quaker Nantucket.
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment places very real-feeling characters in the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo, an episode of World War II that most people find impossible to truly comprehend.
There are some lives too complex to remain a footnote in history, and as Mary Beth Keane proves with her intriguing second novel, Typhoid Mary was one of them—the woman so roundly reviled to this day for supposedly spreading typhoid fever during the epidemic of the early 1900s.
Katherine Keenum's debut novel is a literary passport to that Paris, the magic one, when the Belle Époque drew aspiring artists to bohemian parties and the teaching studios of charismatic masters.
When Frances Irvine's father dies suddenly, the ground dissolves beneath her feet. She learns that her family's life of prestige was built on airs and speculation, that in truth she has nothing and is now left, in the world of 1880s English society, with two equally unpalatable choices: enter a life of servitude or immigrate to South Africa to marry a man she doesn't love.