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Geraldine Brooks

Australia (b.1955)

Geraldine Brooks was born and raised in Australia. After moving to the USA she worked for eleven years on the Wall Street Journal, covering stories from some of the world's most troubled areas, including Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, was set during the English plague year of 1666, and became an international bestseller. She lives with her husband and son in rural Virginia and is currently a fellow at Harvard University.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical

Geraldine Brooks recommends
Mahjar (2005)
Eva Sallis
"In Mahjar, Sallis wields her great gifts of empathy and eloquence to render human beings in full unflinching detail. It is a book of journeys, passionate and powerful."
The Night Journal (2006)
Elizabeth Crook
"A vividly imagined and emotionally unsparing account of lives both damaged and redeemed by love."
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke (2010)
(Satucket, book 3)
Sally Gunning
"Beautifully researched and ardently imagined, Gunning's writing is so vivid you can taste the salt in the Cape Cod air... Her Satucket novels are destined to become classics."
The Call (2011)
Yannick Murphy
"This is a wonderful novel. Original, suspenseful, funny, and profoundly moving. It's about family, community, the human bond with animals, and - oh yeah - spaceships. I am in awe of Yannick Murphy's achievement and I plan to recommend it to everyone I know."
The Possibility of You (2012)
Pamela Redmond
"The Possibility of You is an exploration of love and family, of race and of relationships... Complex and compelling and compulsively readable."
The Railwayman's Wife (2014)
Ashley Hay
"Exquisitely written and deeply felt, The Railwayman's Wife is limpid and deep as the rock pools on the coastline beloved by this book's characters and just as teeming with vibrant life. Ashley Hay's novel of love and pain is a true book of wonders."
Useful (2015)
Debra Oswald
"Brimming with insight, mesmerizing, and above all, true."
The Waiting Room (2016)
Leah Kaminsky
"The Waiting Room is both haunted, and haunting."
The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping (2017)
Aharon Appelfeld
"As its title suggests, there is a dazed, dreamlike quality to the prose of this bildungsroman, in which a masterly English translation by Jeffrey M. Green manages to retain the direct, concrete quality of the original Hebrew as well as its austere poetry."
Eternal Life (2018)
Dara Horn
"An elegant musing on sacredness, history, and purpose that is, at the same time, a deliciously romantic, highly suspenseful page-turner."
On The Same Page (2018)
N D Galland
"N. D. Galland has created a delectable romantic comedy set in her home town of Martha’s Vineyard long after the summer crowds have departed. With a satirist’s eye and a pitch-perfect ear for the social nuances of small-town life, it’s Pride and Prejudice for the Bumble generation."
The Dictionary of Lost Words (2021)
Pip Williams
"Inspired by a wisp of fact—a single word accidentally omitted from the Oxford English Dictionary—Pip Williams has spun a marvelous fiction about the power of language to elevate or repress. This is a novel that brings to light not only lost words but the lost stories of women’s lives. It is at once timely and timeless."
Painting the Light (2021)
Sally Cabot Gunning
"If The Widow’s War identified Sally Gunning as a masterful new voice in historical fiction, Bound confirms her place as one of the very best in the field . . . Her Satucket novels are destined to become classics."
The Stone Loves the World (2021)
Brian Hall
"A brilliant, brainy book about physics, astronomy, video games and the American Century. Hall’s intricate family saga charts vast social shifts even as it maps the emotional ups and downs of vivid individual lives. His characters' considerable smarts can’t save them from the mess of their emotional mistakes, but how they deal, and how they heal, gives the novel its irresistible narrative power."
A Dream Life (2022)
Claire Messud
"Witty, arch and acutely observed, A Dream Life expertly captures the excruciating insecurities of class in our supposedly classless society."
Fencing with the King (2022)
Diana Abu-Jaber
"Fencing With the King is a delicate arabesque of intertwining family relationships. Moving through the bouganvillia-splashed villas of upper-class Jordan, a poet raised in America struggles to decode her father's world of allusion, indirection and heartbreaking secrets. The novel probes the cost of exile and voluntary expatriation, asking: When is inheritance a blessing, and when is it merely a burden?"
Long Shadows (2022)
Abigail Cutter
"What really haunts us--our own mistakes, or the weight of history? Based closely on the true story of her own uncanny encounters in an inherited antebellum Virginia farmhouse and old letters she found there, Abbie Cutter has crafted a novel that plumbs the painful history of a common soldier in the Civil War, and the burdens he cannot set down. A riveting read, rich in historic detail and moral complexity."

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