Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Historical fiction

by Stacey

I came across this list of favorite historical novels compiled by Seattle Times readers , and thought I'd share it for those of you who enjoy a good piece of historical fiction, or for those of you who write in this category. I tend to do better with contemporary novels, but this is a varied and eclectic list that looks like a lot of fun, and I'm reading The Help now for our next DGLM book club, so I'm looking forward to weighing in on that book's amazing commercial success and positive reader response. If you have any favorites (this batch focuses only on those set in the U.S.) that are note on the list, please share.


  1. I'm not a huge reader of historical fiction, either, and I definitely don't write it. I have heard good things about The Help, though, and it's on my to-read list. The DGLM book club concept sounds really interesting with everyone reading a different book - I'd love to be a fly on the wall in those meetings.

  2. Stacey,

    I would hope you look at the reviews coming from some in the African American community on the book "THE HELP." And also the relative silence. I think that's telling. Personally, I didn't care for the book. There is so much more to us that playing the noble woman or brassy loudmouth. I'd also like to add, that while some readers may feel the novel was heartwarming (I've seen such reviews), for those whose families are still going through the pain and rejection of that era, there was nothing remotely heartwarming about the book.