CHECK IT OUT: Historical fiction genre gets a boost

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

•"The Thorn Birds," by Colleen McCullough. Melodramatic family saga of early 20th century life in the Australian outback.

•"The Poisonwood Bible," by Barbara Kingsolver. The family of a Baptist missionary adjusts to life in the Congolese jungle.

•"The Night Watch," by Sarah Waters. An evocative story of London during WWII told in reverse chronological order.

•"The Historian," by Elizabeth Kostova. An interweaving of the stories of Vlad the Impaler, Count Dracula, and a 1930s search for Vlad’s tomb.

•"Arthur & George," by Julian Barnes. Story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s efforts to exonerate George Edalji, a solicitor falsely accused of a crime.

•"The Seventh Gate," by Richard Zimler. Chilling murder mystery incorporating Jewish mysticism in pre-war Berlin under Nazi rule.

•"Shanghai Girls," by Lisa See. When World War II reaches Shanghai two sisters leave a life of privilege to enter arranged marriages in the U.S.

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