I've been reading a lot more this summer mostly due to the pandemic. It's given me a lot of peace and perspective to dive into the lives and journeys of these fictional characters. I've also always been a fan of historical fiction and these four novels capture the essence of the time in very different ways.
If you'd prefer to borrow a book instead of purchase one, check out your local library online. The LA library app called Libby is awesome and available to download for Apple and Android. You can borrow and place holds on books, magazines and audio materials with just a few clicks. I borrowed and enjoyed each of these books below via the app.
The Night Tiger, by Yangsze Choo - A sumptuous historical novel with a dash of magical realism set in the lush jungles and towns around Malaysia.
This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger - Reminiscent of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn but set during the Depression, this book takes readers on journey down the river with four orphans - and what it means to be lost and found.
Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead - A Pulitzer prize-winning novel and odyssey that encapsulates the brutality of the pre-Civil War era and one woman's search for freedom.
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens - Set in the marshlands of the North Carolina coast, this atmospheric novel is a mix of mystery, coming-of-age, and romance. Its connection to nature and the main character's surroundings is breath-taking.