It started with a comment in a Goodreads group for historical fiction I’m in. Join this new group; somebody wrote. We’re going to be reading books set in other countries. The guy who started the group wanted to read books set in other countries because he wanted to travel a lot and experience other cultures, but couldn’t. Reading books set in other countries was the next best thing. I joined, and it started a slight obsession with me. Here are some the books set in other cultures.
1. I really liked The Green and the Red, by Armand Chauvel. It’s set in a small French town. Lea owns a struggling restaurant in Brittany, and a nearby pork producer is trying to force her out of business so they can use her restaurant’s prime location for a museum. Adding to the charm was Lea’s pet pig. New, $9.99
2. I’m currently reading River of Painted Birds, by Tessa Bridal. It’s set in Argentina and Ireland. Isabel is a nurse and midwife in Ireland when she escapes the famine and her abusive husband aboard a ship bound for America. (I'm not that far in, but so far, it's good. Isabel talked a little about her childhood and the famine in Ireland.) Used, $4.99
3. I read Bolivar by Marie Arana a couple years ago. It’s set in a couple South American countries. It’s the true story of his life and how Simon Bolivar founded a couple countries after liberating them from Spanish rule. I thought it was cool reading about some of the history of South America, and Stan Lee agreed with me. Used, $0.99
4. I really enjoyed Malinche by Anna Lanyon. It’s the interwoven story of the author and Malinche, an indigenous woman from South America who helped the Spanish conquistadors. Ms. Lanyon, an Australian, grew curious about Malinche’s story after visiting Mexico and seeing her villainised. Used, $0.99