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Historical Fiction - A Closer Look

When: Monday, March 9, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Westport Library
20 Jesup Rd
Westport, Connecticut  06880
United States
Contact: Tom LaSalle

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Historical Fiction - A Closer Look

Join us on Monday, March 9 as we take a  closer look at the genre Historical Fiction. Who are the important authors in this genre? What makes a good historical fiction novel? Please bring a title to discuss or recommend.  


If possible, please read one of the following before this meeting:

·      The Inheritors by William Golding

·      The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough 

·       A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell (WWII)

·       An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris 

·       Akhenaten, dweller in truth by Naguib Mahfouz

·       King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett

·       The Sweetest Fruits by Monique Truong

·       The Book of Night Women by Marlon James


We'll discuss questions including the following: 

  • What made you want to read it? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?
  • Talk about the historical period in which the story is set. How well does the author convey the era? Did the author remain true to the events, social structures and political events of the time period?
  • Is this an historical period that you knew a lot about before you read this book? If so, did you learn anything new? If not, do you have a greater understanding of this particular time and place in history?
  • When reading historical fiction, is it difficult to keep our own, modern-day experiences from influencing our perception of the story? Can we realistically imagine what life was like for the characters within the story and period?
  • What was unique about the setting of the book, and how did it enhance or take away from specific themes in the novel? What do you think the author is trying to get across to the reader?
  • Were you glad you read this book? Would you recommend it to a friend? Do you want to read more work by this author?
  • What would be the advantages or disadvantages of living during this period in history? Would you like living in this era? Why or why not?
  • Did the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments?
  • To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
  • If the author were to write a sequel to this book, what do you think would happen to the characters?


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Morning Meetings:

  • If the public schools in the town where the meeting is taking place are closed, the meeting is canceled.
  • If the public schools in the town where the meeting is taking place have a delay, the meeting proceeds as planned.


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