The Promise by Ann Weisgarber. Pinner writes: "An excellent novel set in 1900 Galveston Island, Texas. The story is told using two strong voices. It is a story of overcoming scandal, the struggle of everyday life, love, and heartbreak. A great read!" Young Pianist, Worth Reading, Catherine Wainwright, Book Worth, Anne Weisgarb, Galveston Texas, Dayton Ohio, Historical Fiction, Galveston Islands
A very cool, restrained book, this historical novel is set on St. Kilda, an island that is the furthest part of the British Isles. Beginning in 1830, the story follows Lizzie and her husband, missionary Rev. Neil MacKenzie, as they move from urban Scotland to the isolated, rocky, backwards island.
The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo. Historical fiction. A nineteen year old Japanese pearl diver discovers she has leprosy. She knows that the shame attached to it is inescapable: rejection by her family and exile. No more than two months elapse before authorities send her off to a leprosarium on the island of Nagashima where she is instructed to forget her past, to strike her name from the family register, and ordered to choose a new name.