All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a wonderful novel first published in 2014. Set during the destruction of World War II, this historical-fiction book tells a beautiful story of a blind French girl and a German boy. Overwhelmed and dragged by the devastating war, both struggled to survive and came across each other in occupied France.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a romantic historical fiction novel originally released in 1997. Set in a period prior to the clash of World War II, it explores the life of the geishas in Gion district of Kyoto, Japan. The book followed the remarkable story of how miserable little Chiyo Sakamoto turned into a renowned geisha Sayuri. How she endured the harsh treatments by her bitter rivals and the demanding training to become a geisha. Most of all how she found her first crush which turned out to be her true love, after being separated for years.
First published in 2005, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a gloomy yet beautiful historical-fiction novel. It follows the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl who loves and steals books to survive the destruction of World War II in Germany. Liesel’s invulnerable hope portrayed in the book has touched so many readers and as a result, the book has become a worldwide bestseller.