If you like "The Amazing Aventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon...

Besides The Amazing Aventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon has another wonderful, but contemporary fiction novel called The Wonder Boys, which was made into a really good movie starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. The book is better, of course, and tells the hilarious and outrageous tale of one crazy weekend in the out-of-control
life of a college professor, whose unfinished novel never seems to be quite long enough. ......

For historical fiction:

Girl with a Pearl Earring

The Lady and the Unicorn

Falling Angels

All of these are by Tracy Chevalier, an incredibly talented writer whose
main characters are always strong, smart, capable young women who go
through incredible ordeals and obstacles. The writing and stories are
clear, concise, real, and follow wonderful historical events that
impact their lives in very big ways. Falling Angels is set in England
during the turn of the century and the very beginnings of the Women's
Rights and Voting Rights Movement, while the first two are set in the
17th and 15th centuries, respectively. I absolutely loved all three of
these and recommend them over and over again.

There is also a wonderful new trilogy called Tales of the Otori, by Lian
Hearn. Across the Nightingale Floor is the first in the series. It is
set in feudal Japan during the time of the Samurai and tells the
struggles and adventures of a young warrior, his family, the woman he
comes to love and everything they must go through to establish them
selves, save the kingdom and be together. Their story continues in Grass
for His Pillow and Brilliance of the Moon. There is a lot of character
development as well as history in this series.

If you need more suggestions, please contact any reference department at
any branch of the CRRL or log on to our website. Or you can call me,
Martha Hutzel, at 582-6900 and I can recommend many more historical
fiction titles to you.

Martha Hutzel
Branch Manager
C. Melvin Snow Memorial Library