CHECK IT OUT: Historical fiction genre gets a boost

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 01:31 PM.

•"The Book of Negroes," by Lawrence Hill. An 18th century woman journeys from freedom in Africa, to slavery in the U.S. and back to freedom again.

•"The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet," by David Mitchell. Love story between a clerk for the Dutch East India Company and a disfigured Japanese midwife.

•"War and Peace," by Leo Tolstoy. Epic masterpiece depicting the French invasion of Russia during the Napoleonic era.

•"Death Come for the Archbishop," by Willa Cather. Two priests travel 1851 New Mexico in the wake of the Mexican-American War.

•"Gone with the Wind," by Margaret Mitchell. Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of the American South during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

•"The Far Pavilions," by M. M. Kaye. This romantic epic set in 19th century India under British rule has been compared to Gone with the Wind.

•"Oscar and Lucinda," by Peter Carey. Winner of the 1988 Booker Prize, about the misadventures of two gambling misfits in 19th century Australia.

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