Discussion Forums - Historical Fiction

Topic: North American HF ?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Eric - ,
Subject: North American HF ?
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 11:57 PM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2009
Posts: 2
Back To Top

I am just getting into this subject and am looking for some great North American historical fiction ideas?

I would appreciate any suggestions.




Date Posted: 7/11/2009 1:01 AM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
Posts: 2,509
Back To Top

Former President Jimmy Carter wrote a very well done HF about the Revolutionary War in the South called "The Hornet's Nest"

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 11:35 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
Posts: 1,930
Back To Top

What time period are you interested in? Here are a few I've read recently:

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is excellent. The setting is the Civil War, Gettysburg and told from the POV of the generals.

Sacajawea by Anne Waldo is an interesting look at that time period.

My Antonia by Willa Cather - I really liked this one about an immigrant family's struggles to make it out west. She is a great writer.

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Civil War, National Book Award Winner.

Alice's Tulips - Sandra Dallas. Civil War, told in letters from the perspective of the women left behind to tend the farms and homes while the men are at war.

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry. American West cattle drive. Great book.

Homeland – John Jakes. US immigrant experience 1890s





The Day the Falls Stood Still – Cathy Marie Buchanan. Niagara Falls history


Last Edited on: 7/11/09 9:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/11/2009 12:56 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2008
Posts: 10,731
Back To Top

We've also got "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick. You may also want to check out books by David McCullough. Another good old standby is James Michener (e.g. "Chesapeake).

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 5:45 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
Posts: 1,976
Back To Top

Beverly Swerling has writtern several:  Shadowbrook, City of Glory, City of Dreams and City of God.  Sara Donati also has a series, starting with Into the Wildersness.  An oldie but goody is Anya Seton's The Winthrop Woman (one of my favorites).  James Alexander Thom has several as well.  Do you have a specifc time period or location that you're interested in?  Colonial America is one of my favorites.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
Posts: 2,851
Back To Top

My favorite American history author is Kenneth Roberts. A number of his works were recently republished. His most famous is Northwest Passage.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 10:02 AM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2005
Posts: 714
Back To Top

James Alexander Thom is one of my favorites. Panther in the Sky is a wonderful book about Tecumseh and From Sea to Shining Sea is about the Lewis and Clark expidition.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 12:12 PM ET
Member Since: 1/9/2006
Posts: 760
Back To Top

Age of Innocence and House of Mirth are both good reading about 19th Century New York

For lighter reading you can try the Luxe series by Anna Godberson

Eric - ,
Subject: Thank you all..
Date Posted: 7/12/2009 11:38 PM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2009
Posts: 2
Back To Top

Thanks for all your suggestions!  I have some reading to attack now.  I just opened up The Alienist and love it already.



Date Posted: 7/13/2009 11:32 AM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
Posts: 3,823
Back To Top

There is really so much good N/A H/F and a lot of my favorite's have already been mentioned, so I'm going to give you a link to a great website that has books organized by time and place. I can always find good books there! I really like that she has a short description for just about every book. To find the N/A novels, you can click on the "19th Century America" tab or if you want books set in an earlier time, you can click on the other time periods and then choose to look at the N/A books.

Historical Novels - http://www.historicalnovels.info/

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 8:41 PM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2005
Posts: 714
Back To Top

Thanks for sharing the link, Valli!  Great site, I'll be spending the better part of my evening there.