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Harold's comments from the American Historical Fiction group.

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Dec 18, 2014 01:28PM

23615 I'm about 70 pages into "Private Life" by Jane Smiley. I find her portrayal of socially conscious women living in Saint Louis in 1900 fascinating. Private Life by Jane Smiley
Oct 29, 2014 01:53PM

23615 I have a gripe with Jeff Shaara because of his awfully inaccurate "Rise to Rebellion" depiction of the entire story of April 19, 1775: Paul Revere's ride, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and the British army's retreat to Charlestown.
Sep 17, 2014 11:17PM

23615 When I taught American history, I tried to interject as often as possible stories of the lives of actual individuals. Studs Terkel put together a book ("Hard Times") of anecdotes told by various people that experienced the Great Depression years: people who rode the rails, Caesar Chavez as a boy, a tremendous range of people. I utilized a selection of these anecdotes for my students to read to get a feel of what the Depression was about. That's what a fiction writer can do to present history to his readers.
Sep 06, 2014 07:58PM

23615 I liked Doig's "Dancing at the Rascal Fair" more than I did "English Creek."
Aug 16, 2014 01:04PM

23615 If you enjoy in-depth characterization,
if you care about good-hearted people forced to cope with overpowering, adverse circumstances,
if you appreciate an author who writes clearly, intelligently, and compassionately,
if you enjoy learning about the lives and living conditions of specific people at a specific time in our nation's history,
if you appreciate sensory imagery,
if the lives of children matter to you,
if, despite all the criticisms we can level at mankind, you retain hope for the human race,
you will appreciate this novel.
Jun 23, 2014 12:43PM

23615 I am featuring on my blog site (http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com) June 23, 25, and 27 debut novelist Patricia Weil and her impressive novel "A Circle of Earth."

"Set in Alabama between and following the two world wars, 'A Circle of Earth' tells the story of two characters' attempts to find happiness in a world where both lives and marriages are defined not by choice but by circumstance."

I provide a different set of excerpts each day.
A Circle of Earth
Jun 23, 2014 12:36PM

23615 I am featuring on my blog site (http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com) June 23, 25, and 27 debut novelist Patricia Weil and her impressive novel "A Circle of Earth." Each day you will be able to read different excerpts.
A Circle of Earth
Jun 09, 2014 02:50PM

23615 I encourage goodreads members to investigate amazon.com's "look inside" excerpts of Patricia's "A Circle of Earth."


I was very impressed.
Jun 06, 2014 02:04PM

23615 I'm happy to post on my blog site (http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com) information about Richard Veit and his evocative novel about Americans in Waco, Texas, living though the years of World War II. Excerpts are included. If you grew up during the 1940s or 1950s, you will experience considerable nostalgia.
Apr 12, 2014 01:27PM

23615 I am currently posting on my blog site excerpts that feature Paul Revere from my historical novel "Crossing the River" up until April 19 to honor Patriots Day. My blog site is http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com.
Mar 09, 2014 11:53AM

23615 Alex wrote: "Harold wrote: "I have just started "English Creek" by Ivan Doig.English Creek by Ivan Doig"

I am a huge Ivan Doig fan... English Creek was my starting point as well. In that whole series (wh..."

I can't say that A. B. Guthrie Jr. is similar to Doig, but he is an excellent historical novelist that specialized in generational novels centered mostly in the Yellowstone National Park area beginning with mountain men activity ("The Big Sky") and ending in the 20th Century. His second novel, "The Way West," won the Pulitzer Prize.
Mar 06, 2014 11:54AM

23615 I have just started "English Creek" by Ivan Doig. English Creek by Ivan Doig
Jan 25, 2014 12:20PM

23615 Jen wrote: "I am looking for some well-written, "meaty" historical fiction. I don't want just pages and pages of facts or war descriptions and I don't want romance and "fluff" but I need something I can sink ..."

Yes, Christopher Datta's engrossing Civil War novel "Touched with Fire," which appeals to both genders. I feature Christopher and his novel on my blog site http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com Touched with Fire by Christopher Datta
Dec 10, 2013 01:28PM

23615 R_Frederick, well-said. Indeed, you must be careful not to dilute your story.
Dec 10, 2013 12:42PM

23615 I believe a historical novelist should strive to accomplish two broad purposes: inform the reader about people, conditions of life, and significant events of the time period of the novel and present universal conflicts and themes that engage the reader's emotions.
Nov 16, 2013 10:23PM

23615 I had fun creating a scene in my Revolutionary War novel that features two direct ancestors of mine 5 and 6 generations back, their names Deliverance Parmenter of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and his son, Oliver Parmenter. Most of the scene is about the conversation they have about the father risking his life to go fight the redcoats at the beginning of the war, April 19, 1775. Deliverance did go with his militia company toward Concord, and he did engage the redcoat army as it retreated from Concord. The conversation father and son had is fiction. Oliver, the son, was old enough near the end of the war to soldier as well. His daughter, Mary Parmenter, married into the Titus line.
Nov 16, 2013 12:38PM

23615 An intriguing idea. I wish you success.
Nov 15, 2013 06:43PM

23615 RFrederick, I really enjoyed your post. I agree that sharing on Facebook or a blog site different interpretations of historians, as well as interesting facts that they agree on, is well worth doing.
Nov 10, 2013 12:00PM

23615 On the subject of authenticity -- pity the historical novelist that must choose whom to believe when historians disagree about specifics of a particular event. For instance, did John White (Roanoke fame) go on an exploratory voyage to Chesapeake Bay during the winter of 1585 or did he sail to England with Richard Grenville? Historians are divided. A reader that has read a secondary source that portrays one interpretation as fact (David Beers Quinn) would believe the novelist's opposite interpretation to be false.
Sep 16, 2013 08:29AM

23615 Mary, what a neat way of sharing your appreciation of particular books. Usually my wife and I don't read the same books, but she is reading her kindle version of "Mudbound" as I type this.
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