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Historical Fiction set in the 1920s

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Historical Fiction set in the 1920s

Postby Divia » Sun November 23rd, 2008, 4:39 am

I live this time period. The clothes, the naughty things that were going on..women finally being able to break out and test the waters. But it seems like there are so few novels about this time. I read Gatsby's Girl this year. Can anyone thinkg of another novel set during the 1920s from a female pov?
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Postby diamondlil » Sun November 23rd, 2008, 8:02 am

I remember reading a book called Silver Wattle by Belinda Alexandre that is set in the 20s. She is an Australian author though, and the book is set in Australia. Not sure how available it is elsewhere.

I also read a series of mysteries that are set in Australia in the 1920s and you definitely get a feel for the era in those. The sleuth is a female as well. It is the Phryne Fisher series of mysteries by Kerry Greenwood. I know that some or all of the books in this series is available in the US.
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Postby Ash » Sun November 23rd, 2008, 2:54 pm

Divia, after medieval times, this is my favorite era (actually I'd go back to pre WWI, then through the 20s). I love silent movies, I love the clothes, the art and so much more. There is a new non fiction book about the time period that looks intriguing:



Postby annis » Sun November 23rd, 2008, 5:07 pm

Patrick Neate's "Twelve Bar Blues" a novel about jazz music.

I enjoy Kerry Greenwood's Prynne Fisher series as well.

Although they're not actually historical fiction , I still have fun reading Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Poirot mystery series, and the work of authors like Evelyn Waugh and Dorothy Sayers.
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Postby Caveowl » Sun November 23rd, 2008, 7:07 pm

"Tisha" - set in Chicken, Alaska in 1927: Not a novel, but extremely well received by library patrons.

Also, some of the novels by Ellen Glasgow, perhaps "Barren Ground."


Postby annis » Sun November 23rd, 2008, 7:31 pm

Hi Caveowl, I remember reading "Tisha" many years ago- an inpirational story.

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Postby Ariadne » Sun November 23rd, 2008, 8:17 pm

Anna Davis's The Shoe Queen is set in 1925 Paris, and Caryn James's What Caroline Knew takes place in Jazz Age Manhattan. If you liked Gatsby's Girl, you may like both of these too.

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Postby Leo62 » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 11:17 am

This is one of my favourite periods, but doesn't seem to be much in style at the moment.

Some good ones I've read in the last couple of years have been:

A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle (set in Ireland covering the period from the Easter Rising in 1916 to the early 20's)

Jacqueline Winspear's terrific "Maisie Dobbs" mystery series (set in the late 20's/early 30's but usually rooted in events from WW1):
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Postby Ash » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 1:36 pm

Oh, Thomas Mallon's Bandbox is set in the 20s. Its a comedy of errors set around a popular magazine. Really quite fun; reminded me of Dawn Powell's novels of the 40s in terms of evocation of the time period, and the sense of humor.


Postby tsjmom » Tue January 13th, 2009, 7:41 pm

Just saw a new release at the library called (?) 'The House at Riverton'. IIRC it takes place in England in the 20s and 30s in a grand estate with some romance and mystery thrown in. It looked interesting!

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