After months of reading nonfiction I needed a break. In search of a little variety I recently borrowed three historical novels (plus one family memoir), even though I’ve got plenty to read right now with Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 and Souad Mekhennet’s I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad. But maybe an enjoyable work of fiction over a hot cup of coffee on a crisp fall morning is just what I need. Plus, it’s hard to resist stuff set during the Second World War or the period immediately afterward.
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- The Distant Land of My Father: A Novel of Shanghai by Bo Caldwell – Been wanting to read this one for a couple of years. Looks like a great follow-up to Paul French’s City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai.
- All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski – Paula from Book Jotter loved Josie Holford’s review of Kempowski’s final novel so I had to grab it. Set during the Red Army’s thrust into German East Prussia near the end of WWII made it even harder to resist.
- Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler by Svenja O’Donnell – With her family refugees from East Prussia, this memoir should be the ideal companion to All For Nothing.
- Here in Berlin by Cristina García – A diverse cast of characters inhabiting the ruined city of post-war Berlin was too hard to pass up.