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Jennifer Robson

Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.

Genres: Historical
Jennifer Robson recommends
The Hole in the Middle (2013)
Kate Hilton
"Honest, deeply moving—and really, really funny."
The Other Side of Midnight (2015)
Simone St James
"A headily atmospheric and suspenseful mystery that kept me reading until the wee hours. Her command of the period is so immersive, and her characters so real and heartbreakingly broken, that I felt transported..."
Dragon Springs Road (2017)
Janie Chang
"Dragon Springs Road is simply one of the best novels I have read in a long time."
The Alice Network (2017)
Kate Quinn
"The Alice Network... perfectly balances a propulsive plot, faultlessly observed period detail, and a cast of characters so vividly drawn that I half expected to blink and see them standing in front of me. This is historical fiction at its best--thrilling, affecting, revelatory."
Last Christmas in Paris (2017)
Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
"Last Christmas in Paris is an extraordinary epistolary novel that explores the history and aftermath of the Great War in a sensitive, memorable and profoundly moving fashion. A book to savor, to share and discuss with friends, and above all to cherish."
Daughters of the Night Sky (2018)
Aimie K Runyan
"Fans of The Nightingale will be transfixed by this thrillingly original portrait of wartime valor."
Next Year in Havana (2018)
Chanel Cleeton
"Chanel Cleeton’s prose is as beautiful as Cuba itself, and the story she weaves—of exile and loss, memory and myth, forbidden love and enduring friendship—is at once sweeping and beautifully intimate."
Things to Do When It's Raining (2018)
Marissa Stapley
"Things to Do When It’s Raining has heart and soul and guts, and it has achingly beautiful prose and characters so dear and real I couldn’t bear to say goodbye when I reached its final page. It’s a book about friendship and secrets, grief and regret, the peculiar shape of families and the redemptive nature of love. And it is, quite frankly, one of the best books I have read in a very long time."
The Chelsea Girls (2019)
Fiona Davis
"The Chelsea Girls is an entirely delightful example of Fiona Davis's inventive and winning approach to historical fiction. The dazzling allure of Broadway, the devastating consequences of McCarthyism, the delights of the legendary Chelsea Hotel, and above all the decades-long friendship of Hazel and Maxine--Davis weaves these narrative threads into a memorable, affecting, and marvelously entertaining novel."
Recipe for a Perfect Wife (2019)
Karma Brown
"I already knew that Karma Brown's contemporary novels are exemplars of thoughtful, compelling, and truly original fiction. What I didn't know before reading Recipe For a Perfect Wife is that she is equally at home when writing historical fiction. In her hands, the constrained and often suffocating lives of 1950s women--illuminated in a deftly handled dual narrative that alternates between the present day and 60 years ago -- are revealed with real sensitivity, depth, and at times tenderness. And true to Karma Brown, this is also a nail-biter of a tale, and one that kept me up long past my bedtime. This is a delicious and thoroughly satisfying book."
The Forgotten Home Child (2020)
Genevieve Graham
"Time and time again, Genevieve Graham shows us how fascinating our past is."
The Imperfects (2020)
Amy Meyerson
"The Imperfects is many things, all of them wonderful: a tale of the calamity and change of the twentieth century; a finely observed character study that focuses on the deliciously memorable Miller family; and a true page-turner that enthralled me from the start. It's also a work of grace, sensitivity, and perfectly observed attention to detail... Certain to delight and entrance its readers."
Fast Girls (2020)
Elise Hooper
"...kinetic, mesmerizing, and terrifically entertaining...A wonderful will surely appeal to anyone with an interest in the pioneering women who paved the rocky and uphill way for today’s female Olympians."
The Woman Before Wallis (2020)
Bryn Turnbull
"Bryn Turnbull takes a story we think we know and turns it on its head, with captivating results...A beautifully written, meticulously researched and altogether memorable debut."

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