Project Type: Reviews of Historical Fiction

Pearl of China, by Anchee Min

Part eulogy, part fond memoir, part political thriller, this novel resurrects the forgotten literary phenomenon that was Pearl S. Buck, and it renews one’s admiration for both Buck and Min. China has always been a subject of fascination and inquiry for Westerners.

The Piano Maker, by Kurt Palka

“The Piano Maker” is a historical romance, well-researched, with interesting detail, no anachronisms that I could pick up, with a twist of romance and mystery, competently written. However, the author fails to address the connection between artistic consciousness and the world, and the book has too many unconnected themes.