These are novels "set in the past, before the author's lifetime and experience. Through its serious respect for historical accuracy and details of time, place, and character, Historical Fiction enhances a reader's knowledge of past events, lives, and customs." (Description from Novelist Plus.)
|The things they carried||
"The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a combination of fiction and non-fiction. The story is based on mostly true stories and takes place primarily in Vietnam. The author writes about the war that he participated in when he was in his 20s. The main characters are Ted Lavender, Henry Dobbins, Kiowa, Jimmy Cross and the author. They are American soldiers who were fighting in the Vietnam War. The novel is based on their stories."
Thessaloniki, Greece, 1917: As Dimitri Komninos is born, a fire sweeps through the thriving multicultural city where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live side by side. It is the first of many catastrophic events that will forever change this place and its people. Five years later, as the Turkish army pushes west through Asia Minor, young Katerina loses her mother in the crowd of refugees clambering for boats to Greece.
|The time of the wolf||
A ruthless warrior and master tactician named Hereward helps King Edward fight to keep their country out of the list of prospective conquests of the Duke of Normandy in 1062.
Born into a respected Irish-Anglo family in 1860, Charles loves his native land and its long-suffering but irrepressible people. As a healer, he travels the countryside dispensing traditional cures while soaking up stories and legends of bygone timesand witnessing the painful, often violent birth of land-reform measures destined to lead to Irish independence. At the age of forty, summoned to Paris to treat his dying countrymanthe infamous Oscar WildeCharles experiences the fateful moment of his life. In a chance encounter with a beautiful and determined young Englishwoman, eighteen-year-old April Burke, he is instantly and passionately smittenbut callously rejected.
From Booker Prize winner Pat Barker, a masterful novel that portrays the staggering human cost of the Great War. Admirers of her Regeneration Trilogy as well as fans of Downton Abbey and War Horse will be enthralled.
|A tradition of victory||
Plymouth, July 1801: Richard Bolitho's small squadron, still repairing the scars of battle earned in heavy action at Copenhagen, has been months away from the sea. After eight years of war with France, Britain must make a gesture that will show strength and determination—and one which will dramatically weaken the French cause. Rear-Admiral Bolitho must follow his flag's tradition of victory, even though—for the first time in his life—he is torn between the demands of public duty and personal need.
|A walk to remember||
A tale of first love set in the 1950s introduces seventeen-year-old Landon, who has never paid much attention to plain Jamie Sullivan, a Baptist minister's daughter, until fate intervenes and Landon learns the true nature of beauty, the joy of giving, and the power of love
|Water for elephants||
When ninety-year-old Jacob Jankowski recalls his early years when fate brought him to work in a traveling circus during the Depression, he is filled with memories of Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, Rosie, the elephant who couldn't follow instructions, and the love and trust that sealed their survival
|What I saw and how I lied||
In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever
|What is the what||
The story of a refugee of the Sudanese civil war. Fleeing from his village in the mid-1980s, Deng becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys--children pursued by militias, government soldiers, lions and hyenas and myriad diseases, in their search for sanctuary, first in Ethiopia and then Kenya. Eventually, Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4,000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins