I’ve read two other books by Russell; The Sparrow, which I loved, and Children of God which was very good, but just didn’t hit me in the same way, so when Heather and Andi of Estella’s Revenge emailed their list of review books and this was on it I jumped at the chance. Unlike the other two by Russell that I’ve read this isn’t sff, it is historical fiction, but I think that the two genres have a lot in common really. They deal with worlds and societies that are unfamiliar to the reader. In this case the world is that of the early 1900s in America and Egypt, and the Cairo Conference of 1921. I’m not going to post a full review here, you’ll have to wait for the next issue of Estella’s Revenge, but I really enjoyed this book. Russell just writes so well, and I loved her narrator, I think I’ll have to revise my dislike of first person narrators as I seem to reading and enjoying so many of them lately.
Genre: historical fiction
Setting: 1920s, C20th, Egypt, Interwar Europe
Rated : 10 Stars
I suppose I ought to warn you at the outset that my present circumstances are puzzling, even to me. Nevertheless, I am sure of this much: my little story has become your history. You won't really understand your time until you understand mine.
–Mary Doria Russell - Dreamers of the Day - c.2008 - pg.3