Tag: historical fiction

Review: The Miniaturist

This is primarily a list of quibbles about The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. As much as I disliked it, I’m curious about the miniseries because I’ve heard that it addresses some of these issues. Every now and then a show works as a good…

Review: The Underground Railroad

20 Books of Summer 2019: Book 2 I was blown away by Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, which took the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. I went to Goodreads to log my five-star rating and was…

Review: Washington Black

Washington Black was short-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. From its nomination to the glowing praise around the Internet, most people liked this book more than I did. Though the first half of the book is well-written, the plot’s over-reliance on coincidence strains…

Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring

Chevalier’s classic is technically “good,” but it’s flat. Griet’s character might be better explored by Vermeer’s famous painting than by this book.