All tagged historical

Invitation to a Bonfire

Adrienne Celt’s book, Invitation to a Bonfire, pieces together diary pages from a fictional young woman named Zoya, and love letters from a fictional Russian writer named Leo "Lev" Orlov (based on Vladimir Nabokov). In doing so, she builds up sexual and violent tension to a point where I hit the end of the novel and thought, HOLY SHIT. 

The Buddha in the Attic

You may remember Otsuka from her debut novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, about the life of a Japanese-American family during World War II. This follow up is not as critically praised as the first, but captures a wider swath of experience.

The Girls

Sitting on the beach, I felt like I was at the ranch where Russell keeps the cult, seeing Evie's longing for Suzanne, understanding the looming threat of violence (which does not occur til the very end)

East West Street

The story is a work of historical nonfiction unlike no other. Sands weaves the story of his grandfather with the histories of the two men, Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, who coined world-changing legal concepts: “crimes against humanity” and “genocide,” respectively.