Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top Ten Books Set Outside the U.S.

This is perfect, since I'm about to be traveling out of the country!

1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Set primarily in Milton, a fictional city in Derbyshire County in the north of England. Also some appearances in London and a small village in the south of England.

2. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Set in late-nineteenth century imperial China, primarily in the Forbidden City.

3. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

Set in 1600s Italy; the protagonists travel to a variety of states and cities, though the story starts and centers on their small village.

4. The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner

Set primarily in contemporary South America, Kenya, India, and Australia/New Zealand.

5. The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz

Set (surprise!) in modern-day Paris. I've read it a few times, and it makes me laugh aloud every time.

6. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Set in a (barely) post-Franco Barcelona. I also highly recommend the prequel, The Angel's Game, and sequel, The Prisoner of Heaven.

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Set in nineteenth-century Russia, primarily in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I also highly recommend Resurrection, a different story but same time and place.

8. House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Set in an unnamed South American country. I also recommend Daughter of Fortune, set in Chile and then California.

9. The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen

Set in late-sixteenth-century Spain, primarily Madrid; also, a little bit of Italy, including Florence, in the same time period.

10. Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell

Set in eighteenth-century Vienna, and a few other locations in Austria and England.


Captivated Reader said...

Cool list of books! I haven't read any of them... Although, I've heard of many of the titles you've mentioned in your post! I want to read Letters From Skye.

Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/07/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-set-outside-us.html

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I might have to look into Resurrection, then. :)

Check out my TTT.

Ed Hoornaert said...

Interesting titles, though I haven't read any of them. I've seen two movie versions of North and South, though, one of which features Patrick Stewart -- with hair! My TTT.

Space Station Mir said...

@Lauren I highly recommend Resurrection!

@Ed I have yet to see the movies, though now I have to see the one with Patrick Stewart!