Real world fiction

lightThese new novels take their cue from historic events.  In Daughter of Molokai by Alan Brennert, the child of an Hawaiian outcast is adopted by a Californian family and gets caught up in the internment crisis.  This ‘powerful and poignant tale …conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures.’  In Light over London by Julia Kelly, an antique dealer finds a War II-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform.  Intrigued, she digs into the woman’s life and discovers the stark reality of wartime London.  In The Only Woman in the Room Marie Bennedict reconstructs actresses Hedy Lamar’s little known career as a wartime spy.

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