Best 1920s Historical Fiction
Non-genre novels and short stories written after the 1920s, but set (at least partially) in the 1920s. Award-winning, critically acclaimed, well-reviewed by readers, and/or what you've read and loved.

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1 The Paris Wife
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 125,248 ratings
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2 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 222,735 ratings
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3 The Diviners (The Diviners,...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 24,524 ratings
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4 Vixen (Flappers, #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 5,908 ratings
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5 The Chaperone
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 27,182 ratings
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6 Bright Young Things (Bright...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 9,307 ratings
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7 Sirens (Faithful, #3)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 232 ratings
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8 Life After Life
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 80,496 ratings
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9 Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 18,400 ratings
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10 Speak Easy, Anne
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 6 ratings
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11 Cinnamon Gardens
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 739 ratings
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12 Rules of Civility
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 50,566 ratings
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13 The Given Day (Coughlin #1)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 12,465 ratings
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14 Man in the Blue Moon
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 426 ratings
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14 Trapping the Butterfly
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 12 ratings
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16 A Spear of Summer Grass
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 2,009 ratings
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17 Dollface: A Novel of the Ro...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 655 ratings
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18 The Seamstress of Hollywood...
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 317 ratings
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19 Auntie Mame
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 3,651 ratings
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20 The Razor's Edge
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 19,496 ratings
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21 The Ambassador's Daughter
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 904 ratings
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21 Until the Robin Walks on Snow
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 59 ratings
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21 Andrela
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 9 ratings
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24 Glorious
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 824 ratings
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25 Harlem Redux
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 85 ratings
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26 Beautiful Days (Bright Youn...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 3,767 ratings
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27 Sepia (Sepia Series, 1920s)
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 6 ratings
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27 The Lucky Ones (Bright Youn...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,963 ratings
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29 The Master Butchers Singing...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 12,716 ratings
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30 The Ashford Affair
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,434 ratings
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31 Private Altars
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 133 ratings
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32 Angel of Harlem
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 80 ratings
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32 Glimpses of Paradise
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 78 ratings
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32 The Old Jest
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 72 ratings
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32 Call Me Heller, That's My Name
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 12 ratings
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32 Johnnie's Girl
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2.5 of 5 stars 2.50 avg rating — 2 ratings
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32 Lost in the Light
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 33 ratings
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32 Benedict Hall
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 137 ratings
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32 It Stings So Sweet
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 182 ratings
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32 Devil's Den
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 14 ratings
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32 Shadowlands
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 13 ratings
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32 Bathing Beauties, Booze And...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 25 ratings
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32 The 20's Girl, the ghost, a...
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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 11 ratings
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32 The Fig Orchard
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 84 ratings
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32 Free Love (Olivia Brown, #1)
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 70 ratings
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32 City of Jasmine
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 568 ratings
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32 STOLEN LIVES
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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32 The Other Typist
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 7,708 ratings
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32 Remember Ben Clayton
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 239 ratings
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32 On Her Way Home
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 10 ratings
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32 Jazz Baby
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 24 ratings
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32 Foul Trade (May Keaps, #1)
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0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
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32 The End of Bliss
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 25 ratings
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32 Girl Runner: A Novel
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 11 ratings
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55 Buster Midnight's Cafe
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 1,551 ratings
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55 We Shook the Family Tree
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 56 ratings
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55 The Gin Lovers
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 162 ratings
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55 Flappers, Flasks and Foul P...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 47 ratings
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55 Murder Me Now (Olivia Brown...
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 45 ratings
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55 It Had to Be You
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 10 ratings
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61 The Golem's Mighty Swing
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 295 ratings
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61 Museum Of Happiness: A Novel
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 20 ratings
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63 Loving Little Egypt: A Novel
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 42 ratings
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63 Thoroughly Modern Millie
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 38 ratings
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65 Gerontius
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 27 ratings
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66 Touched
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 147 ratings
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67 The Chemist: Based on a Tru...
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3.08 of 5 stars 3.08 avg rating — 39 ratings
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68 Look Homeward, Angel
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 7,209 ratings
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message 1: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Sorry, but The Great Gatsby is not historical fiction. I'm removing it from the list.


message 2: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer A Tree Grows in Brooklyn takes place before WW1.


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