These stories focus on the imagined letters, diaries, or other personal papers left by characters throughout history. Sneak a peek at fictitious notebooks, journals, and more that tell their tales!
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Harrison William Shepherd, a highly observant writer, is caught between two worlds–in Mexico, working for communists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, and later in America, where he is caught up in the patriotism of World War II.
What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman
Orphaned by the sudden suicides of both his parents (who discovered they were in love with the same woman), seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is taken in by his aunt and uncle in the small town of Middle Economy, Novia Scotia, where he is apprenticed to his uncle’s toboggan business and falls in love with his ravishing adopted cousin, Tilda. Setting in motion the novel’s chain of life-altering passions is the arrival of German student Hans Mohring, carrying only a satchel.
Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
Looks into the 1897 diary of Captain Simonini, an antisemitic Italian in Paris who forges documents for the highest bidder, providing conspiracies and scapegoats for factions all over Europe, and is behind the most notorious forgery of all.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.