Whether you’re a lifelong fan of historical fiction or whether you’ve never ventured into the genre, here are a few adult summer reading staff picks in the historical fiction category. (See many more staff picks here.)
The Tea Rose, Jennifer Donnelly, 2006
1888, London: Fiona Finnegan is a scrappy, determined young woman who perseveres despite the odds—and the odds seem to be against her at every step. Fiona’s dream is to start her own business with her childhood sweetheart, Joe, but instead tragedy forces her to flee Londonfor New York. There, she rebuilds her life and achieves her dream, but she can’t forget Joe. This is an unforgettable epic. Check availability or request this book through the catalog.
The Time in Between, Maria Dueñas, 2009
The thrilling, internationally bestselling novel about a haute couture seamstress who becomes an undercover spy for the British Secret Service during World War II. With more than 1.5 million copies sold, The Time In Between has taken readers by storm with its unforgettable tale of adventure, tragedy, love, and war. Readers will fall in love with Maria Duenas’s dazzlingly inspiring heroine, Sira Quiroga. Check availability or request this book through the catalog.
The Piano Teacher, Janice Y.K. Lee, 2008
A newcomer to Hong Kong in the 1950s, Claire Pendleton begins an affair with a man who survived the Japanese occupation of the city during World War II. Long-buried secrets begin bubbling to the surface and Claire finds herself in the midst of a crisis that has been brewing for ten years. Hong Kong itself is a character in this fascinating and atmospheric novel. Check availability or request this book through the catalog.
The Shoemaker’s Wife, Adriana Trigiani, 2012
The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to America. Soon Enza’s family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to one another, they both build lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I. Check availability or request this book through the catalog.