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Любимые как читателями, так и критиками увлекательные электронные книги в жанре исторических романов непременно должны найти свое место в вашем списке книг, обязательных к прочтению. Популярная категория исторической фантастики, от детективов, действие которых происходит в викторианском Лондоне, до романов об американской революции, предлагает любителям истории и простым читателям интригующие порталы в другие временные периоды. Вот некоторые из исторических романов, которые полюбились нашим читателям.

Любимые как читателями, так и критиками увлекательные электронные книги в жанре исторических романов непременно должны найти свое место в вашем списке книг, обязательных к прочтению. Популярная категория исторической фантастики, от детективов, действие которых происходит в викторианском Лондоне, до романов об американской революции, предлагает любителям истории и простым читателям интригующие порталы в другие временные периоды. Вот некоторые из исторических романов, которые полюбились нашим читателям.

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Самые обсуждаемые и понравившиеся произведения этого месяца в категории Историческая художественная литература.
  • To the Lighthouse (Annotated)
    To the Lighthouse (Annotated)
    To the Lighthouse (Annotated)

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    To the Lighthouse (Annotated)

    автораVirginia Woolf
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Carnegie's Maid: A Novel
    Carnegie's Maid: A Novel
    Carnegie's Maid: A Novel

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    Carnegie's Maid: A Novel

    автораMarie Benedict
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • The Alice Network: A Novel
    The Alice Network: A Novel
    The Alice Network: A Novel

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    The Alice Network: A Novel

    автораKate Quinn
    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • Sold on a Monday: A Novel
    Sold on a Monday: A Novel
    Sold on a Monday: A Novel

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    Sold on a Monday: A Novel

    автораDoris Lessing
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • News of the World: A Novel
    News of the World: A Novel
    News of the World: A Novel

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    News of the World: A Novel

    автораPaulette Jiles
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel
    The Song of Achilles: A Novel
    The Song of Achilles: A Novel

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    The Song of Achilles: A Novel

    автораMadeline Miller
    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • A Farewell to Arms
    A Farewell to Arms
    A Farewell to Arms

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    A Farewell to Arms

    автораErnest Hemingway
    Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
  • The Power and the Glory
    The Power and the Glory
    The Power and the Glory

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    The Power and the Glory

    автораGraham Greene
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
    Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
    Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel

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    Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel

    автораAnthony Doerr
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel
    The Kitchen House: A Novel
    The Kitchen House: A Novel

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    The Kitchen House: A Novel

    автораKathleen Grissom
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • The Canterbury Tales
    The Canterbury Tales
    The Canterbury Tales

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    The Canterbury Tales

    автораGeoffery Chaucer
    Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
  • The Quiet American
    The Quiet American
    The Quiet American

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    The Quiet American

    автораGraham Greene
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Daughter of Fortune: A Novel
    Daughter of Fortune: A Novel
    Daughter of Fortune: A Novel

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    Daughter of Fortune: A Novel

    автораIsabel Allende
    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • The Huntress: A Novel
    The Huntress: A Novel
    The Huntress: A Novel

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    The Huntress: A Novel

    автораKate Quinn
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Necessary Lies: A Novel
    Necessary Lies: A Novel
    Necessary Lies: A Novel

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    Necessary Lies: A Novel

    автораDiane Chamberlain
    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • Coming Home
    Coming Home
    Coming Home

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    Coming Home

    автораRosamunde Pilcher
    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • I, Claudius
    I, Claudius
    I, Claudius

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    I, Claudius

    автораRobert Graves
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Baudolino: A Novel
    Baudolino: A Novel
    Baudolino: A Novel

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    Baudolino: A Novel

    автораUmberto Eco
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Restless: A Novel
    Restless: A Novel
    Restless: A Novel

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    Restless: A Novel

    автораWilliam Boyd
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Miss Buncle's Book
    Miss Buncle's Book
    Miss Buncle's Book

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    Miss Buncle's Book

    автораD. E. Stevenson
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Small Island: A Novel
    Small Island: A Novel
    Small Island: A Novel

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    Small Island: A Novel

    автораAndrea Levy
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Bridge to Haven
    Bridge to Haven
    Bridge to Haven

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    Bridge to Haven

    автораFrancine Rivers
    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • The Other Einstein: A Novel
    The Other Einstein: A Novel
    The Other Einstein: A Novel

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    The Other Einstein: A Novel

    автораMarie Benedict
    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
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  • Belle Greene
    Belle Greene
    Belle Greene

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    Belle Greene

    автораAlexandra Lapierre

    TARGET CONSUMER Readers of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennet, Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks Fans of fascinating historical fiction and gripping contemporary tales  KEY SELLING POINTS Coming soon as a TV series produced by Gaumont International Closely based on a ‘stranger than fiction’ true story  Afro-American history interest  Major review coverage and marketing campaign

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  • The Bletchley Women
    The Bletchley Women
    The Bletchley Women

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    The Bletchley Women

    автораPatricia Adrian

    The USA Today Bestseller! A stunning new historical novel perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Dinah Jeffries! From debutante to farmer’s daughter all roads lead to Bletchley… In a different world, Evie Milton would have accepted her fate, married an aristocrat, and become the doyenne of one of England’s finest estates, just like her mother. In a different world, Rose Wiley would have married her fiancé, David, established a modest homestead, and brought up a brood of babies, just like her mother. But this isn’t a different world and these women are not their mothers. Rose dreams of a life filled with more than family and duty to her husband – a life of purpose – and Evie dreams of a life far away from her rarefied existence. Now, as they perform vital work at Bletchley Park decoding intercepted Luftwaffe messages, their role in turning the tide of war in the Allies favour shows Evie and Rose they don’t have to settle for the life once laid out before them.

    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Black Cloud Rising
    Black Cloud Rising
    Black Cloud Rising

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    Black Cloud Rising

    автораDavid Wright Falade

    Already excerpted in the New Yorker, Black Cloud Rising is a compelling and important historical novel that takes us back to an extraordinary moment when enslaved men and women were shedding their bonds and embracing freedom By fall of 1863, Union forces had taken control of Tidewater Virginia, and established a toehold in eastern North Carolina, including along the Outer Banks. Thousands of freed slaves and runaways flooded the Union lines, but Confederate irregulars still roamed the region. In December, the newly formed African Brigade, a unit of these former slaves led by General Edward Augustus Wild—a one-armed, impassioned Abolitionist—set out from Portsmouth to hunt down the rebel guerillas and extinguish the threat. From this little-known historical episode comes Black Cloud Rising, a dramatic, moving account of these soldiers—men who only weeks earlier had been enslaved, but were now Union infantrymen setting out to fight their former owners. At the heart of the narrative is Sergeant Richard Etheridge, the son of a slave and her master, raised with some privileges but constantly reminded of his place. Deeply conflicted about his past, Richard is eager to show himself to be a credit to his race. As the African Brigade conducts raids through the areas occupied by the Confederate Partisan Rangers, he and his comrades recognize that they are fighting for more than territory. Wild’s mission is to prove that his troops can be trusted as soldiers in combat. And because many of the men have fled from the very plantations in their path, each raid is also an opportunity to free loved ones left behind. For Richard, this means the possibility of reuniting with Fanny, the woman he hopes to marry one day. With powerful depictions of the bonds formed between fighting men and heartrending scenes of sacrifice and courage, Black Cloud Rising offers a compelling and nuanced portrait of enslaved men and women crossing the threshold to freedom.

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  • Yonder: A Novel
    Yonder: A Novel
    Yonder: A Novel

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    Yonder: A Novel

    автораJabari Asim

    The Water Dancer meets The Prophets in this spare, gripping, and beautifully rendered novel exploring love and friendship among a group of enslaved Black strivers in the mid-19th century. They call themselves the Stolen. Their owners call them captives. They are taught their captors’ tongues and their beliefs but they have a language and rituals all their own. In a world that would be allegorical if it weren’t saturated in harsh truths, Cato and William meet at Placid Hall, a plantation in an unspecified part of the American South. Subject to the whims of their tyrannical and eccentric captor, Cannonball Greene, they never know what harm may befall them: inhumane physical toil in the plantation’s quarry by day, a beating by night, or the sale of a loved one at any moment. It’s that cruel practice—the wanton destruction of love, the belief that Black people aren’t even capable of loving—that hurts the most. It hurts the reserved and stubborn William, who finds himself falling for Margaret, a small but mighty woman with self-possession beyond her years. And it hurts Cato, whose first love, Iris, was sold off with no forewarning. He now finds solace in his hearty band of friends, including William, who is like a brother; Margaret; Little Zander; and Milton, a gifted artist. There is also Pandora, with thick braids and long limbs, whose beauty calls to him. Their relationships begin to fray when a visiting minister with a mysterious past starts to fill their heads with ideas about independence. He tells them that with freedom comes the right to choose the small things—when to dine, when to begin and end work—as well as the big things, such as whom and how to love. Do they follow the preacher and pursue the unknown? Confined in a landscape marked by deceit and uncertainty, who can they trust? In an elegant work of monumental imagination that will reorient how we think of the legacy of America’s shameful past, Jabari Asim presents a beautiful, powerful, and elegiac novel that examines intimacy and longing in the quarters while asking a vital question: What would happen if an enslaved person risked everything for love?

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  • The Ballad of Laurel Springs
    The Ballad of Laurel Springs
    The Ballad of Laurel Springs

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    The Ballad of Laurel Springs

    автораJanet Beard

    From the internationally bestselling author of The Atomic City Girls, a provocative novel set in eastern Tennessee that “explores the legacies—of passion and violence, music and faith—that haunt one family across the generations” (Jillian Medoff, author of This Could Hurt). Ten-year-old Grace is in search of a subject for her fifth-grade history project when she learns that her four times-great grandfather once stabbed his lover to death. His grisly act was memorialized in a murder ballad, her aunt tells her, so it must be true. But the lessons of that revelation—to be careful of men and desire—are not just Grace’s to learn. Her family’s tangled past is part of a dark legacy in which the lives of generations of women are affected by the violence immortalized in folksongs like “Knoxville Girl” and “Pretty Polly” reminding them always to know their place—or risk the wages of sin. Janet Beard’s stirring novel, informed by her love of these haunting ballads, vividly imagines these women, defined by the secrets they keep, the surprises they uncover, and the lurking sense of menace that follows them throughout their lives even as they try to make a safe place in the world for themselves. “This inspired story of Appalachian folklore” (Publishers Weekly) will move and rouse you.

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  • When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky
    When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky
    When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

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    When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

    автораMargaret Verble

    Louise Erdrich meets Karen Russell in this deliciously strange and daringly original novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble: set in 1926 Nashville, it follows a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver who, with her companions from the Glendale Park Zoo, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries.    Two Feathers, a young Cherokee horse-diver on loan to Glendale Park Zoo from a Wild West show, is determined to find her own way in the world. Two’s closest friend at Glendale is Hank Crawford, who loves horses almost as much as she does. He is part of a high-achieving, land-owning Black family. Neither Two nor Hank fit easily into the highly segregated society of 1920s Nashville. When disaster strikes during one of Two’s shows, strange things start to happen at the park. Vestiges of the ancient past begin to surface, apparitions appear, and then the hippo falls mysteriously ill. At the same time, Two dodges her unsettling, lurking admirer and bonds with Clive, Glendale’s zookeeper and a World War I veteran, who is haunted—literally—by horrific memories of war. To get to the bottom of it, an eclectic cast of park performers, employees, and even the wealthy stakeholders must come together, making When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky an unforgettable and irresistible tale of exotic animals, lingering spirits, and unexpected friendship.

    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • The Book of Magic: A Novel
    The Book of Magic: A Novel
    The Book of Magic: A Novel

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    The Book of Magic: A Novel

    автораAlice Hoffman

    “Hoffman certainly knows how to enchant” (The New York Times Book Review) in this breathtaking conclusion to the Practical Magic series—a spellbinding and bewitching novel that asks how far will you go to change your fate? For over three-hundred years a curse has kept the Owens family from love—but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work. A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love. A heartfelt and satisfying conclusion to a beloved series, The Book of Magic celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.

    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
    Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
    Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel

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    Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel

    автораAnthony Doerr

    On the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks * A New York Times Notable Book * A Barack Obama Favorite * A National Book Award Finalist * Named a Best Book of the Year by Fresh Air, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, and many more “If you’re looking for a superb novel, look no further.” —The Washington Post From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, comes the instant New York Times bestseller that is a “wildly inventive, a humane and uplifting book for adults that’s infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences” (The New York Times Book Review). Among the most celebrated and beloved novels of recent times, Cloud Cuckoo Land is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope, and a book. In the 15th century, an orphan named Anna lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople. She learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds what might be the last copy of a centuries-old book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the army that will lay siege to the city. His path and Anna’s will cross. In the present day, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno rehearses children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders whose lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr’s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own.

    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • The Magician: A Novel
    The Magician: A Novel
    The Magician: A Novel

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    The Magician: A Novel

    автораColm Toibin

    A New York Times Notable Book, Critic’s Top Pick, and Top Ten Book of Historical Fiction Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg Businessweek ​From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War that is “a feat of literary sorcery in its own right” (Oprah Daily). The Magician opens in a provincial German city at the turn of the twentieth century, where the boy, Thomas Mann, grows up with a conservative father, bound by propriety, and a Brazilian mother, alluring and unpredictable. Young Mann hides his artistic aspirations from his father and his homosexual desires from everyone. He is infatuated with one of the richest, most cultured Jewish families in Munich, and marries the daughter Katia. They have six children. On a holiday in Italy, he longs for a boy he sees on a beach and writes the story Death in Venice. He is the most successful novelist of his time, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, a public man whose private life remains secret. He is expected to lead the condemnation of Hitler, whom he underestimates. His oldest daughter and son, leaders of Bohemianism and of the anti-Nazi movement, share lovers. He flees Germany for Switzerland, France and, ultimately, America, living first in Princeton and then in Los Angeles. In this “exquisitely sensitive” (The Wall Street Journal) novel, Tóibín has crafted “a complex but empathetic portrayal of a writer in a lifelong battle against his innermost desires, his family, and the tumultuous times they endure” (Time), and “you’ll find yourself savoring every page” (Vogue).

    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • When the Summer Was Ours: A Novel
    When the Summer Was Ours: A Novel
    When the Summer Was Ours: A Novel

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    When the Summer Was Ours: A Novel

    автораRoxanne Veletzos

    “This compulsively readable tale of loss and love during and after the Second World War is a masterpiece.” —Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author “A gorgeously written, impeccably researched historical novel, spanning decades and continents, and filled with a richly drawn cast of characters.” —Jillian Cantor, USA TODAY bestselling author This epic World War II tale of star-crossed lovers separated by class, circumstance, and ​tragedy—from the international bestselling author of the “gripping…filled with passion and hope” (Kate Quinn, New York Timesbestselling author) The Girl They Left Behind—explores the impact of war on civilian life and the indestructible resilience of first love. Hungary, 1943: As war encroaches on the country’s borders, willful young Eva César arrives in the idyllic town of Sopron to spend her last summer as a single woman on her aristocratic family’s estate. Longing for freedom from her domineering father, she counts the days to her upcoming nuptials to a kind and dedicated Red Cross doctor whom she greatly admires. But Eva’s life changes when she meets Aleandro, a charming and passionate Romani fiddler and artist. With time and profound class differences against them, Eva and Aleandro still fall deeply in love—only to be separated by a brutal act of hatred. As each are swept into the tides of war, they try to forget their romance. Yet, the haunting memory of that summer will reshape their destinies and lead to decisions which are felt through generations. From the horrors of the Second World War to the tensions of the 1956 Hungarian uprising and beyond, When the Summer Was Ours is a sweeping story about the toll of secrets, the blurred lines between sacrifice and obsession, and the endurance of the human spirit.

    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Yours Cheerfully: A Novel
    Yours Cheerfully: A Novel
    Yours Cheerfully: A Novel

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    Yours Cheerfully: A Novel

    автораAJ Pearce

    From the author of the “jaunty, heartbreaking winner” (People) and international bestseller Dear Mrs. Bird comes a charming and uplifting novel set in London during World War II about a plucky young journalist and her adventures as wartime advice columnist. London, November 1941. Following the departure of the formidable Henrietta Bird from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake as she takes on the new challenges as a wartime advice columnist. Her relationship with boyfriend Charles is blossoming, while Emmy’s best friend Bunty, still reeling from the very worst of the Blitz, is bravely looking to the future. Together, the friends are determined to Make a Go of It. When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain’s women’s magazines to help recruit female workers to the war effort, Emmy is thrilled to step up and help. But when she and Bunty meet a young mother who shows them the very real challenges that women war workers face, Emmy must confront a dilemma between doing her duty and standing by her friends. As funny, heartwarming, and touching as Dear Mrs. Bird, Yours Cheerfully is an endearing portrait of female friendship and “a fruitful exploration of the solidarity among women in times of grief, love, and hardship” (Publishers Weekly).

    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • The Forest of Vanishing Stars: A Novel
    The Forest of Vanishing Stars: A Novel
    The Forest of Vanishing Stars: A Novel

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    The Forest of Vanishing Stars: A Novel

    автораKristin Harmel

    Parade “Best Books of Summer” pick * Real Simple pick * She Reads “Best WWII Fiction of Summer 2021” pick The New York Times bestselling author of the “heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism” (People) The Book of Lost Names returns with an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis—until a secret from her past threatens everything. After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what’s happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest—and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything. Inspired by incredible true stories of survival against staggering odds, and suffused with the journey-from-the-wilderness elements that made Where the Crawdads Sing a worldwide phenomenon, The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author whose writing has been hailed as “sweeping and magnificent” (Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author), “immersive and evocative” (Publishers Weekly), and “gripping” (Tampa Bay Times).

    Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
  • Light Perpetual: A Novel
    Light Perpetual: A Novel
    Light Perpetual: A Novel

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    Light Perpetual: A Novel

    автораFrancis Spufford

    Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, NPR, Slate, Lit Hub, Fresh Air, and more From the critically acclaimed and award‑winning author of Golden Hill, an “extraordinary…symphonic…casually stunning” (The Wall Street Journal) novel tracing the infinite possibilities of five lives in the bustling neighborhoods of 20th-century London. Lunchtime on a Saturday, 1944: the Woolworths on Bexford High Street in South London receives a delivery of aluminum saucepans. A crowd gathers to see the first new metal in ages—after all, everything’s been melted down for the war effort. An instant later, the crowd is gone; incinerated. Among the shoppers were five young children. Who were they? What futures did they lose? This brilliantly constructed novel, inspired by real events, lets an alternative reel of time run, imagining the lives of these five souls as they live through the extraordinary, unimaginable changes of the bustling immensity of twentieth-century London. Their intimate everyday dramas, as sons and daughters, spouses, parents, grandparents; as the separated, the remarried, the bereaved. Through decades of social, sexual, and technological transformation, as bus conductors and landlords, as swindlers and teachers, patients and inmates. Days of personal triumphs and disasters; of second chances and redemption. Ingenious and profound, full of warmth and beauty, Light Perpetual “offers a moving view of how people confront the gap between their expectations and their reality” (The New Yorker) and illuminates the shapes of experience, the extraordinariness of the ordinary, the mysteries of memory, and the preciousness of life.

    Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
  • Revelations
    Revelations
    Revelations

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