Historical Fiction

For those who love a dose of solid history with their well-written story.

  • Historical Fiction: Juicy

    • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in historical fiction set in a Japanese POW . Lovers of forbidden love stories. Fans of fiction that jumps between the past and the present in Australia.


    • The Disappeared

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of romantic, historical fiction. Readers interested in the story of a young Canadian compelled to travel to war-ravaged Cambodia in search of her first love. Fans interested in Pol Pot’s reign of terror.


    • Homegoing

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of international fiction. Readers looking for a sweeping epic that follows the descendants of two half-sisters in Ghana, whose lives take vastly different turns. Anyone interested in African culture and history.


    • Mudbound

      Lovers of historical family fiction Readers interested in the story of a young woman struggling to raise her children on her husband’s farm when two young war veterans come to work the land. Fans of multi-perspective literature.


    • Day after Night

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of historical fiction Readers looking for a story of four Jewish women who meet in an Israeli holding camp after surviving World War II Fans of books with strong female leads


    • Not Wanted on the Voyage

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of social commentary Readers interested in an “alternative” version of the story of Noah’s ark Fans of irreverent satire


    • The Land of Love and Drowning

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers of island fiction Those interested in the story of the transfer of the Virgin Islands from British to American rule. Lovers of books covering an entire generation of a family.


    • Safekeeping

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in the story of an NYC drug addict transplanted to an Israeli Kibbutz. Lovers of historical fiction with a secret. Like a significant sapphire brooch with a story. Fans of characters from all different backgrounds, religions, beliefs with a hodgepodge of personalities thrown in.


    • The Obituary Writer

      In 1919, Violet is an obituary writer who pines for a lost love. Stuck in 1960s suburbia, Claire is unhappily married to a guy who looks good on paper but doesn't get her. The narrative alternates between both women as they struggle to move forward in their emotional lives. The...


    • All Our Names

      Told between Helen, a white social worker in America, and a would-be writer from Ethiopia, living in Uganda and then the U.S., the narrative explores best friends who drift apart during The African Revolution, interracial relationships and what it’s like to be an immigrant in the U.S. Among other storylines....


    • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

      Reading more like linked short stories, this narrative explores the story of Hattie Shepherd and her many children during The Great Migration. Perfect for: • Readers looking for fiction that explores race. • Fans of loosely connected vignettes. And Oprah’s picks. • Anyone interested in the difficulties of being both...


    • Nervous Conditions (Nervous Conditions #1)

      Set in 1960s Rhodesia, this superb coming-of-age novel follows two cousins, Tambu and Nyasha, as they struggle with identity. Perfect for: • Lovers of post-colonial, feminist, African literature. • Anyone looking for a coming-of-age story of two cousins. • Fans of stories that investigate the deep scars caused when one...


    • Orphan Train

      17-year old Molly Ayer has bounced around the foster care system for far too long. When she meets 91-year-old Vivian Daly, an Irish immigrant who, as a young girl, was put on the famous ‘orphan trains’ in New York City to be taken to a different life, the two form...


    • The Paying Guests

      In Waters’ latest, set in 1922 South London, Frances and her mother, Mrs. Wray, are forced to rent out their house to Lillian and Leonard Barber. Frances has lost her two brothers in The Great War, and the whole country is reeling from its many fatalities. Frances and Lillian form...


    • All the Light We Cannot See

      All you need to know: Marie-Laure is blind: she lives with her beloved father in Paris until the Germans come and occupy the city after which they flee to Saint-Malo. Werner is an orphan in Germany living with his sister, Jutta. After his genius with radios is discovered by the...


    • 11/22/63

      A time-traveling portal in the back of a diner that can rewrite history and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Yes, please. Perfect For: Lovers of alternative, historical narratives Readers skeptical of King's lauded place as one of the masters of plot. Anyone who enjoys reading about a high school teacher given...


    • The Golem and the Jinni

      In this whirlwind, fantastical story, Chava (a Golem from Jewish mysticism) and Ahmad (a Jinni from Arab folklore) are stranded, separately, in turn-of-the-century New York City. The ensuing story is too delicious to put here. You know if you’re interested in this kind of book. And if you are, just...


    • Somewhere in France

      Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to be taken seriously. When WWI hits, she defies her parents, moves to London to work as a nurse, and engages in a heated love affair with an off-limits, Scottish surgeon. Perfect for: Lovers of juicy, historical fiction set in WWI London. Anyone unfamiliar with the...


    • Juliet

      When her Aunt Rose dies, Julie Jacobs is bequeathed a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, Italy. The key turns out to be both a literal and metaphorical link to her past. Her supposed ancestor, Giulietta Tolomei, fell in love with Romeo Marescotti – and we can guess...


    • Mary Coin

      ‘Migrant Mother’ by Dorothea Lange – the famous 1936 photograph that epitomized the despair of The Great Depression – is the inspiration for this fictionalized account of its subject and photographer. Here we meet the two women on either side of the picture, one caught in the claws of poverty,...


    • The Virgin Cure

      Set in the tenements of Lower Manhattan in 1871, 12-year-old ‘Moth’ is sold into servitude (by her mother, no less) for a wealthy woman. Treated cruelly by her mistress, Moth escapes to The Bowery – an area filled with thieves, beggars, freaks, and prostitutes, where she eventually meets Miss Everett,...


    • The Birth House

      Dora Rare is the first daughter in five generations of male Dares. She is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife and healer and becomes her apprentice: together, they help the women of Scots Bay, an isolated village in Nova Scotia, in countless ways. But, times are changing: World...


    • Birdsong

      It starts off as a love story between a French woman, Isabelle Azaire, and Englishman, Stephen Wraysford. As Stephen is sent off to the trenches of World War I, Faulks delivers astonishing descriptions of the war’s horrors through passionate and devastating prose. Perfect for: Readers of novels about love and...


    • London: The Novel

      Two thousand years of London are summed up in this sprawling historical novel that follows families across multiple generations. The cast is huge, but the star role belongs to the city of London itself. Caesar’s invasion, the rise of chivalry, the London fire, and (of course) Henry the VIII –...


    • The Lost Wife

      In an amazing twist of fate, Joseph and Lenka, separated as young lovers by the Nazi invasion of Prague, meet again in New York, at a wedding of their respective grandchildren. This evocative story takes us back in time, alternating between Lenka’s experiences as a victim of the war’s atrocities,...


    • Those Who Save Us

      Anna, born in Germany, has been tight-lipped for fifty years regarding her personal experience during WWII. When her daughter, Trudy, was three years old, an American soldier brought them both to Minnesota. Trudy, a professor of German history, doesn’t know anything about her mother’s haunting past – including the identity...


    • Not Me

      Michael Rosenheim, a divorced stand-up comedian, is helping to care for his father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, when he discovers his father’s old journals. They seem to suggest that Michael’s father isn’t really a Holocaust survivor at all, but a Nazi accountant who pretended to be Jewish in order to...


    • The Gargoyle

      Our nameless narrator is driving on a dark road: when he’s distracted by a bevy of flying arrows and crashes, his whole body suffers terrible burns and he’s sent to a specialized ward to recover. Immersed in mental and physical suffering, he concludes that he has no reason to live....


    • The Orphan Master’s Son

      While he works for a corrupt and hungry, North Korea, Pak Jun Do must impress his superiors to move up the ranks. In a world where citizens are forced to subsume their identities to the propaganda of the state, is there room for truth and love? Part adventure, a dash of romance,...


    • A Star Called Henry

      Born at the turn of the 20th century, Henry Smart steals to survive in the streets of Dublin. At age 14, he’s already a soldier in the Revolutionary Irish Republican Army, fighting against the British for an independent Ireland. Doyle is a master at writing witty, Irish dialect and finding...