Pairing fiction with eras in common
July 25, 2014 4:43 AM Subscribe
So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions.
posted by like_neon to Society & Culture (23 answers total) 66 users marked this as a favorite
Firstly, can you recommend other novels that go into 'fun' detail about the culture surrounding the characters, mainly fashion and food please? And based in reality, not fantasty/sci-fi (I love GoT for this aspect but not looking for that here). I'm open to any point in history.
Secondly, can you recommend pairs of books I can read to compare and contrast the two from a similar era? They could provide a contrast in social class (like Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), race, gender, location, etc.
Other books I think I like because of this, but I have not yet 'paired' them:
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
- Many Jane Austen novels
- Memoirs of a Geisha
- Anne of Green Gables and many in that series