Genre anglais : Historical

The Help

The HelpKathryn Stockett

Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project. [NoveList]

The Chili Queen

chili_queenSandra Dallas

Her protective instincts brought out by Emma, who was sent to New Mexico to marry a man she has never met, Addie French takes her new friend under her wing, and the pair begins unfolding secrets, hatching schemes, and questioning everything they once believed. [NoveList]

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Sweetness Bottom PieAlan C. Bradley

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is found murdered on the grounds of her family’s decaying English mansion and Flavia’s father becomes the main suspect. [NoveList]

The Poisonwood Bible

poisonwood_bibleBarbara Kingsolver

The family of a fierce evangelical Baptist missionary–Nathan Price, his wife, and his four daughters–begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives forever transformed over the course of three decades by the political and social upheaval of Africa. [NoveList]

The Lacuna

lacunaBarbara Kingsolver

The story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds — Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s — and whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events. [Provided by publisher]

A Mercy

A_mercyToni Morrison

In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love–first from an older servant woman at her master’s new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith, in a novel set in late seventeenth-century America. [NoveList]

The Scarlet Letter : a Romance

The Scarlet LetterNathaniel Hawthorne

In early colonial Massachusetts, a young woman endures the consequences of her sin of adultery and spends the rest of her life in atonement.[NoveList]

Man in the Dark

Man in the DarkPaul Auster

August Brill cannot sleep. He lies in the dark and tries not to think of his recently dead wife Sonia, of the murder of his granddaughter Katya’s boyfriend Titus, or of the sadness of his daughter Myriam whose husband left her. In order not to think of these events, Brill imagines a story set in a parallel America caught in a civil war. His hero, Owen Brick, must kill the person responsible for the war, none other than August Brill himself. Brill weaves his story in his head but will be interrupted by the memories and thoughts that he cannot escape. Katya cannot sleep either and comes to see him in his room. She asks him to talk to her about her grandmother and Brill reminisces about her and his life. The novel ends with the waking of Myriam and the break of dawn. A glimpse of hope sets into their lives as they waken to another day.

Excellent novel that explores loss and human frailty and the atrocities of war.