Adult Readers Advisory

Spotlight on: World Historical Fiction

Like historical fiction and world literature?

Our volunteer Lizzie Gray pulled together some suggestions for us on the topic of non-U.S./Britain historical fiction. Click on the titles to go to the catalog records and request holds.


Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)

And the Mountains Echoed


Allison Pataki (Austro-Hungarian Empire)

The Accidental Empress


Vaddey Ratner (Cambodia)

In the Shadow of the Banyan


Anchee Min (China)

Becoming Madame Mao

Empress Orchid

The Last Empress

Pearl of China


Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt)

Palace Walk (#1)

Palace of Desire (#2)

Sugar Street (#3)


Yaa Gyasi (Ghana)



Amitav Ghosh (India/Mauritius)

Sea of Poppies (#1)

River of Smoke (#2)

Flood of Fire (#3)


David Mitchell (Japan)

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet


Min Jin Lee (Korea)



Eugenia Kim (Korea)

The Calligrapher’s Daughter


-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

Half of a Yellow Sun


Vyvyane Loh (Singapore)

Breaking the Tongue


Kenneth Bonert (South Africa)

The Lion Seeker


Wilbur Smith (South Africa)



Viet Thanh Nguyen (Vietnam)

The Sympathizer