Historical Literary Fiction

The Monsoon Bride by Michelle Aung Thin

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By Michelle Aung Thin

Rangoon 1930. Winsome, raised in a convent and newly married to a guy she slightly is familiar with, is stuffed with anticipation as she travels in the direction of the nice city.

She doesn't be aware of that Rangoon, this urban cradled within the hands of rivers, is set to be torn aside within the fight among its historic vendors and new masters. that it'll seduce her, own her senses and alter completely her concept of what sort of girl she will be.

When she meets Jonathan - while the monsoon comes - she starts to discover out.

'Evokes a viscerally attractive international and a heady trip into the implications of affection. a superb read.' Alice Pung

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The Horse Healer: A Novel by Gonzalo Giner

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By Gonzalo Giner

His father useless, his sisters abducted, a boy with an instinct for horses flees his domestic and is taken in by way of a veterinarian through the turbulent years of the Reconquest of medieval Spain 

on the border of the Christian nation of Castile and the Muslim caliphate of Al-Andalus, a bit lodge sits at the entrance traces of the conflict for Iberia. whilst note travels that the main feared warring parties of the Muslim international, the Imesebelen, are advancing on Toledo, the innkeeper tells his son, Diego, to escape along with his sisters. yet Diego refuses to desert his father. The outdated guy and one among his daughters are slaughtered, and the opposite women are abducted. Now there’s just one suggestion on Diego’s brain: revenge.

On his lightning-fast Arabian mare, Diego makes his technique to Toledo. it's the commence of a trip that may usher him into manhood and lead him to the sunrise of a box of medication that would switch Spain—and the world—forever.

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The End of Longing by Ian Reid

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By Ian Reid

Frances, a tender New Zealand girl, is laid to relaxation in an unmarked grave in Jamaica in 1894. Her enigmatic husband, the Rev. William Hammond, can't be came upon. studies are later despatched to her brothers alleging fraud and, might be, homicide. Hammond has lengthy been a stressed and elusive tourist, and the credentials of somebody who strikes so frequently from position to put usually are not effortless to ensure. while Frances joins him the attract or unique trips is quickly overshadowed by way of a feeling of foreboding. Does he actually need her or is she within the approach? the top of Longing is an exhilarating, bitter-beautiful novel which skillfully explores id and intricate motives.

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Victus (Dutch Edition) by Albert Sanchez Pinol,Adri Boon

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By Albert Sanchez Pinol,Adri Boon

‘**** Fenomenale oorlogsroman…’ - de Volkskrant

‘Briljante én smakelijke avonturenroman die belangrijke vragen stelt over oorlog en moraal.’ - Trouw

‘Meeslepend en groots…’ - Wegener dagbladen

'Mo-nu-men-ta-le roman.' - Arturo Pérez-Reverte, auteur van De membership Dumas
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'Een goede historische roman, een goede avonturenroman, een goede humoristische roman.' – El País

'Levendig geschreven, vol memorabele episodes, en leest als een trein.' – El Cultural

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The Former World by Barbara Sjoholm

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By Barbara Sjoholm

sisters search for independence and love in overdue 19th century Denmark

The tale of the 2 Hansen sisters, Nik and Maj, maintains within the sequel to Fossil Island. Now 16, Nik resumes her courting with the passionate musician Carl Nielsen, who returns for a summer time stopover at to the provincial village in Denmark the place she lives together with her kin. yet their bonds are strained through conference, by way of Carl’s dream of turning into a superb composer, and by way of Nik’s personal stirrings of ambition to review paintings. Now twenty-one, Maj reveals a educating task clear of domestic, yet her mom hasn’t given up the concept that her eldest daughter will marry locally—perhaps Schoolmaster Strandgaard, a widower, whose young ones are Nik’s pals.

Over the process dramatic years, the sisters’ lives might be completely replaced via love, heartbreak, affliction, and dying. A shiny portrait of 2 obdurate younger women who love their relatives but yearn for freedom, the previous global re-creates a time while women’s lives and Danish society have been in transition. no matter if studying to cycle or dreaming of educating college in Brooklyn, Nik and Maj are memorable characters in a surroundings either far-off in time and general.

Fossil Island and its sequel, the previous global, are encouraged by means of the real tale of Denmark’s maximum composer, Carl Nielsen, and at the lifetime of Emilie Demant Hatt, who later grew to become an artist and ethnographer in Lapland.

Sjoholm provides readers bright characters whose own travails are the entire extra engrossing for the cultural upheavals that energize them. An pleasing, considerate tale of out of date romance, complex via dawning smooth mores. –Kirkus Reviews

Sjoholm’s secondary characters are uniformly good drawn, and her small forged of major characters breathe with energy and human complexity. Her ability at rendering the society of a forgotten Denmark by some means makes that international suppose either specific and common. those are considerate, glitteringly clever novels, as wise approximately transferring social stipulations as they're in regards to the workings of the human center. both ebook may be learn and loved individually, and jointly they shape a deal with readers will re-read with pleasure.
Very strongly steered. – Editor’s selection, historic Novel Review

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The Butterfly and the Wheel by Neil Randall

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By Neil Randall

Turgenovsky is a second-rate author whose literary aspirations some distance outweigh his skills. whilst arrested with scholar associates, he's drawn into innovative circles extra via probability than conviction, having an unwitting effect at the earth-shattering occasions occurring round him. through the Civil battle, he denounces one other author, steals his manuscript, and rises to the summit of Soviet society, finally coming below Stalin's patronage. the long run get together chief realizes how valuable this bold younger guy may be, and writes articles lower than his identify, criticizing an individual against his personal political opinions. Scarred via a brutal upbringing and an unrequited ardour for his half-sister, Turgenovsky by no means we could anyone get too shut. He has fans and co-workers arrested in the event that they threaten to reveal him as a fraud. within the sixties, one other model of the stolen novel surfaces and Turgenovsky battles to maintain his attractiveness intact, writers like Solzhenitsyn query his actual credentials, yet with a lot connivance he manages to distance himself from such claims, and is ultimately presented the Nobel Prize. This novel is electrified via allegations levelled at Mikhail Sholokhov in regards to the actual authorship of And Quiet Flows the Don, satirizing the delusional foundations of a totalitarian regime. it truly is a couple of mediocre man--like such a lot of others--who prospers in a society which claims to get rid of inequality, yet simply succeeds in propagating it to new, untold heights.

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Dándole pena a la tristeza (Narrativas hispánicas) (Spanish by Alfredo Bryce Echenique

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By Alfredo Bryce Echenique

Esta novela relata los avatares de una acaudalada y muy limeña familia. El autor nos ofrece el vívido retrato del fundador de esta saga ?un minero de finales del siglo XIX que con enorme creatividad y no poco sacrificio funda un gran imperio financiero? y de sus descendientes. A juzgar por el dramático curso que toman las vidas de éstos, el barniz de civilización con el que adornan sus vidas no los libra de los instintos más primarios que laten en su ser. Sólo ello explica que el juego de l. a. vida consista, para algunos de los personajes, en dirigir otras vidas, contrariar destinos y, en un extremo sobrecogedor, deshacerse de quienes ponen en riesgo el orden señorial. Con esta novela Bryce logra el retrato tierno, violento, feroz e incluso inmisericorde de una familia que lo pierde absolutamente todo y cuyos últimos descendientes encarnan l. a. más atroz decadencia de un linaje. «Asfixiante retrato de l. a. oligarquía peruana con humor rabelesiano» (Ricardo González Vigil, El Comercio, Perú).

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The Darkness of Day by ROCHELLE HAMEL

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By ROCHELLE HAMEL

In 1863, whilst Dr. furnish McKenzie pronounces his enlistment as a physician within the Union military, his kinfolk lifestyles is became the other way up. His army occupation starts off as a box health professional at Gettysburg, ultimately resulting in his seize at Spotsylvania and imprisonment in Andersonville legal, altering his lifestyles eternally. whereas in felony, he turns into a part of a brand new “family,” made of James, a difficult 13 -year- previous Irish drummer boy from the streets of recent York, and Gerard, a French farmer from Vermont. while provide saves the younger daughter of a accomplice captain, he repays the health care provider via giving him the opportunity to flee, besides younger James. The journey domestic during the Appalachians is hard. alongside the best way, furnish offers a child, fights renegades, and faces loss of life by the hands of 2 previous mountain girls. in the meantime, Mattie, Grant’s spouse, and their 5 teenagers face huge, immense demanding situations and tasks at domestic whereas anticipating his go back. whilst provide doesn’t go back on the finish of his one-year enlistment, the family’s funds dwindle, and the workload overwhelms them. In resolution to their prayers for aid, Adan Torson, a wide Nigerian loose black guy, exhibits up at some point and provides to aid them. notwithstanding, Adan arrives with a perilous mystery which can placed all their lives at risk.

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Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks

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By Julia Franks

"A spellbinding tale of witchcraft and disobedience." - NPR

An NPR most sensible booklet of 2016

     

It's 1939 and the government has despatched USDA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to coach households on modernizing their houses and farms.

There she meets farm spouse Irenie Lambey, who's instantly interested in the woman agent's self-possession.Already, cracks are rising in Irenie's fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger became fundamentalist preacher: She has taken to nighttime ramblings throughout the woods to flee her husband's mattress, storing unusual keepsakes in a mountain cavern. To Brodis, those are all of the indicators that Irenie--tiptoeing in the course of the darkish in her billowing white nightshirt--is training black magic.

When Irenie slips again into mattress with one of those supernatural stealth, Brodis senses yes evil has entered his existence, associated with thelady agent, or even to different, extra sinister forces.

Working within the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this enchanting debut by way of Julia Franks is the tale of a lady intrigued by way of the potential of swap, break out, and reproductive choice--stalked by way of aBible-haunted guy who fears his executive and stakes his integrity upon an older lifestyle. As Brodis chases his demons, he brings a few ultimate act of violence that shakes the full valley. during this spellbinding Southern tale, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity cannot rather dispel.

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