The Water’s Edge or Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Both of these novels are light hearted, easy reads in unique settings and historically rich time periods. I enjoyed Water for Elephants more than The Water’s Edge, but I am an animal lover who tracks the elephants down at the zoo right after we’ve sat for hours watching the lions and tigers. The both have rich character conflicts as well.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
This is another time period piece that I enjoyed. Golden truly immerses the reader in 1930s Japan. A truly haunting read.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
This is set in present day, but it is a novel rich in ethnic texture. This is also a fast, easy read.
What are your favorite time period pieces? Ethnic/culture specific pieces?