This weeks theme is historical fiction.
Which stories set in the past do you really love?
I notice that Sam from Tiny Library hasn't asked that the historical fiction necessarily be accurate, and I'm relieved! I went through a phase of novels that have a similar theme - a slightly feminist retelling of certain time periods, or if not feminist exactly, more of a focus on female life.
My favorite of these is The Thrall's Tale by Judith Lindbergh. It tells the story of the Viking presence in Greenland through the story of three women. The author spent ten years researching before she wrote the book, so you'd better believe there is some historical basis here.
Two books in a similar vein are The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, the story of the Biblical character of Dinah, and Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund, which is a historical-feeling novel based on the wife of the fictional character of Captain Ahab from Melville's Moby Dick.
Other than The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
by David Mitchell, I can't even tell you of another piece of historical fiction that I have read recently. It isn't really my thing, but I might just have a very narrow niche.