H – Top Ten Historical Fiction

I apologize for the break in the A-Z challenge.  I had the lists ready, but not prepped and scheduled on the blog, so when we came home from our short vacation to no internet and we ended up staying somewhere else for three nights because of work being done in the house, well, I just threw up my hands in defeat 🙂  So, I’m jumping back in with the current letter.

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I am not a historical fiction buff, but I have read at least 10 that I’d recommend.

  1. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, read in my mid 20s, really did change my life. It changed the way I viewed criminals, violence, and our justice system.  It’s a chunkster at 1,056 pages, but this 1980 Pulitzer Prize winner is worth it.  A few links to convince you.  This billed itself as a nonfiction novel (based on life of Gary Gilmore), and is similar and compared to In Cold Blood.  Except I loved this one 100 times better.
  2. I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn is one of those novellas that you will either love or hate.  The opposite of the first one I listed this one is a mere 145 pages and will not change your life, but you will spend a couple of hours enchanted by the prose and possibilities of Earhart’s fate.
  3. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. The fact that I loved this one so much makes it so much more embarrassing that I haven’t read the rest of the trilogy. Yet. Set in 1880’s East London you follow love story among the working class and you may even run into Jack the Ripper. Cannot say enough good things about this one.
  4. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is one of my magical favorites.  It jumps from current day to the 1700’s Scottish Jacobite uprising. For fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.
  5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King.  Stephen King doesn’t do historical fiction you say?  I say read this take on the Kennedy assassination and get back to me 🙂
  6. The Corpse Reader by Garrido is one I’m adding because probably not too many people have read it and they should. From Goodreads – Inspired by Song Cí, considered to be the founding father of CSI-style forensic science, this harrowing novel set during the thirteenth-century Tsong Dynasty draws readers into a multilayered, ingenious plot as disturbing as it is fascinating.  I really thought this one was great! Click on the title to read my glowing review.
  7. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. I probably shouldn’t even put this one on the list because quite a few people have told me they couldn’t stand Beryl so didn’t like the book.  But, I loved the 1920’s Kenya story of Beryl Markam. The real Beryl wrote an autobiography, West With the Night that I still need to pick up.
  8. The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon is the perfect book for the #metoo movement.  In 1930’s NYC Justice Joseph Crater disappeared and Lawhon told the story from the three women who knew him best.
  9. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen was a book club choice and reinforces why reading and discussing books you didn’t choose on your own is a good thing.  Who knew that a WWII search for the Loch Ness monster could be so good?
  10. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  From 1945 England to 1743 Scotland and beyond this beloved series is rich in history and wonderful characters.  I’m only halfway through the series and am enjoying the Starz series, but it’s not as good as the books 😉

Okay, your turn.  Recommend a historical novel to me.