Two Time Periods Are Better Than One

By Cecilia Cygnar

These engaging, captivating novels feature intersecting stories set in two different times.

  • Possession

    2012 by Byatt, A. S.

    In this lyrical and passionate tale, the love story of two Victorian poets intertwines with a present day love story of two academics researching the Victorian poetry.

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  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    2009 by Ford, Jamie

    Set in both the 1980s and in the 1940s era of incarceration of Japanese Americans in California, this is an endearing, timeless story of a harsh time in this country's history.

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  • Sarah's Key

    2007 by Rosnay, Tatiana de

    I have to admit here I've not read the book, but rather saw the movie (the horror!). Still, this WWII and present-day story will pack an emotional punch, no matter the medium.

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  • The Obituary Writer

    2013 by Hood, Ann

    From 1919 and the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 to 1960 and the presidency of JFK, Hood weaves a tale of two women, lovelorn across time.

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  • The Lake House: A Novel

    2015 by Morton, Kate

    This Gothic, romantic mystery spans time from 1930s to present day Great Britain.

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  • Along the Infinite Sea

    2015 by Williams, Beatriz

    Pre-WWII collides with 1966 in this story about two women, seemingly polar opposites, who have more in common than anyone thinks or knows.

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  • The Dollhouse: A Novel

    2016 by Davis, Fiona

    Fifty years separate the two main female characters in this story, set around New York's legendary and infamous Barbizon Hotel.

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  • The Paris Seamstress

    2018 by Lester, Natasha

    Once again, WWII meshes with present life. This time, both eras share a common bond that brings them other: the famed Met Gala in New York.

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  • The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

    2019 by Robson, Jennifer

    From today's Canada to 1947 London, this novel revolves around one constant: the wedding dress of Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth) to Prince Philip.

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