Is it me, or are some of the best historical fiction novels set in Italy?
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Trigiani made me fall in love. The Shoemaker's Wife is an epic fictionalized story of the lives of the author's grandparents. She follows their individual journeys growing up in Italy, migration to NY, their love story and eventual move to Minnesota. She gets us deep into the immigrant experience and provides us with so much detail of their lives that by the end, I felt like I knew Ciro and Enza. I smiled as I read, and nearly cried at some of the sad parts - this book was just so moving and endearing. (My Discussion | Amazon | Goodreads)
I'm not a big historical fiction reader The Rome series by Kate Quinn = amazing!!!! (All those exclamation points are intentional). In this story of ancient Rome, there's drama, political maneuvering in the schemiest ways, bromance, romance and treachery. Quinn's writing is so incredibly detailed and thoughtful that we get to know each and every character, and she immerses us FULLY into the story - so much so, that from beginning to end, it's quite the thrill ride. (My Discussion | Amazon | Goodreads)
I'll be adding more books to this list as I read them. Are there any books that you know of (and enjoyed reading), set in Italy?