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Historical Fiction

Enjoy some of the best new fiction, available from the Ferguson Library.


Bailey, Martine
An Appetite for Violets
MYS BAILEY

Review
Biddy Leigh, a poor fatherless cottager, has reached the pinnacle of happiness in life as undercook at Mawton Hall. But her plans go awry with the unexpected arrival of Lady Carinna, the absent old master's very young, very demanding new wife.  Source: Library Journal, Dec 01, 2014

 


Nicholson, William
Amherst:  A Novel
FIC NICHOLS

Review
A young executive takes time off to work on a screenplay. Her topic is the scandalous real-life love affair between Mabel Loomis Todd, a young faculty wife, and the much older Austin Dickinson, Amherst College treasurer and poet Emily's brother.  Source: Library Journal, Feb 15, 2015

 


Boyne, John
A History of Loneliness
FIC BOYNE

Summary
Full of hope and ambition, Ordan Yates arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s. It is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected.  Forty years later, his devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the faith of Irish people in the Catholic Church.  Source: From the Publisher

 


Solomon, Asali
Disgruntled
FIC SOLOMON

Review
Kenya, a young African American woman going through adolescence in 1980s Philadelphia has a life that is more difficult than most.  Straddling two diverse worlds, with two very different and difficult parents, is Kenya’s burden.  Source: Library Journal, Feb 15, 2015

 


Torday, Daniel
The Last Flight of Poxl West
FIC TORDAY

Review
Poxl West has just published a memoir of his experiences as a Jewish refugee who became an RAF fighter pilot during World War II.  But soon after the book's publication, Poxl is exposed as a fraud.  An elegant story of how war affects individuals.  Source: Library Journal, Feb 01, 2015

 


Macallister, Greer
The Magician’s Lie
FIC MACALLIS

Review
Touring the vaudeville circuit with her company in turn of the century America, the Amazing Arden  is known far and wide for her spectacular Halved Man illusion, in which she saws a man in half.  But what happens when a magician’s illusion becomes real?  Source: Library Journal, Sept 15, 2014

 


Freeman, Anna
The Fair Fight
FIC FREEMAN

Review
Born and raised in a brothel in Bristol, England, the lumpish and unattractive Ruth is considered unsuitable to become a lady of the house, so it is fortunate that her early signs of talent for scrappiness lead to some success as a professional pugilist.  Source: Library Journal, Jan 01, 2015

 


Freud, Esther
Mr. Mac and Me
FIC FREUD

Review
When a stranger named Mac shows up, dressed in a long black cape, 14-year-old Thomas is intrigued, especially when he sees Mac and his artist wife creating wonderful paintings.  But when war threatens, the neighbors begin to suspect that Mac is a spy.  Source: Booklist, Dec 01, 2014