CHECK IT OUT: Historical fiction genre gets a boost

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

•"Alias Grace," by Margaret Atwood. Fictionalized account of a notorious 1843 murder case in pre-Confederation Toronto, Canada.

•"Cloudsplitter," by Russell Banks. Story of radical 19th century abolitionist John Brown told from the perspective of his only surviving son.

•"March," by Geraldine Brooks. Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize retells ”Little Women” from the perspective of the absent Mr. March.

•"The March," by E. L. Doctorow. Sherman’s March to the Sea near the end of the American Civil War, told through a large and diverse cast of characters.

•"The Painted Girls," by Cathy Marie Buchanan. The life of the model for Edgar Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” is brought vividly to life.

•"The Sisters Brothers," by Patrick deWitt. Multiple award winner about two 19th century hired guns traveling from Oregon to California.

•"Caravans," by James A. Michener. Story of an American diplomat in Afghanistan following WWII.

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