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Can anyone think of a great HF book that isn't such a huge time commitment? You know how sometimes you want to read something that will go quickly. So maybe it will be great and keep you up a night or two, but not 5 to 10 nights in a row?
Some of Robert Alexander's books about Russian Tsars are shorter, Kitchen Boy Romonav Bride. Depends how many pages you want. Most HF is at least 400 pages. I will look upstairs later.
One of my favorite's is aonly about 300 pages long; "The Siege" by Helen Dunmore. It's set in Russia and is about the siege of Leningrad. An excellent book!
Lisa See's books aren't very long. Try "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan".
Geraldine Brooks great book about the plague is pretty short; "Year of Wonders". I enjoyed her book, "March" also and it's another short read.
Norah Lofts has some that are rather short.
A few others I've enjoyed:
A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick
One Thousand White Women - Jim Fergus
Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie - loved this one and it's less than 200 pages.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Catherine Monroe's "The King's Nun" and "The Barefoot Girl"
The Captain's Wife by Douglas Kelly
Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley
The Day Laid on the Altar - Adria Bernardi
Gail Tsukiyama's books are all fantastic and are usually within the 300 page range.
These are some from my BIR list that are all around 300 pages or less.