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United States Historical Fiction

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African American Historical FictionGo to Top of Page

The Angels of Morgan Hill by Donna VanLiere

Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 6 hours 45 minutes.
1947. The death of nine-year-old Jane Gable's alcoholic father coincides with the arrival of the African American Turner family in all-white Morgan Hill, Tennessee. When a fire at the Turner household kills everyone but young Milo, Jane's pregnant mother Fran raises him as her own despite bigoted community reaction. 2006.
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Bombingham by Anthony Grooms

Read by David Toney. Reading time 9 hours 44 minutes.
A young African American soldier in Vietnam is composing a letter to the parents of a friend killed in combat. In the process, he recalls the events of his Alabama childhood during the Civil Rights movement--when the Ku Klux Klan set off bombs in Birmingham. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.
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The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale

Read by David Toney. Reading time 9 hours 12 minutes.
East Texas, 1930s. Young Harry Collins and his sister discover the body of a brutally murdered African American woman in a riverbed. When their father, a constable, investigates a string of killings, local racial tensions hinder him. Strong language and some violence. Edgar Allan Poe Award.
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Cane River by Lalita Tademy

Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 12 hours 6 minutes.
Tademy's fictionalized account of her maternal ancestors, from 1834 to the 1950s, begins with her enslaved great-great-great-great-grandmother Elisabeth and continues with three generations of successively lighter descendants. She describes these women's struggle for freedom and justice on a Creole plantation in Cane River, Louisiana. Some violence. Bestseller. 2001.
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Candle in the Darkness: Refiner's Fire by Lynn Austin

Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 14 hours 2 minutes.
1856. After Caroline Fletcher's mother dies, the fifteen-year-old leaves her family's Virginia plantation to live with relatives in Philadelphia. There she joins the antislavery movement and becomes a determined abolitionist. Caroline returns home just as her father, cousin, and fiancé go off to war.
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley. Reading time 8 hours 51 minutes.
Follows two black sisters--Nettie, a missionary, and Celie, raped by her father and married to a cruel man. Nettie's letters do not reach Celie, and Celie's shame is so great that she writes only to God. Anniversary edition includes Walker's 1992 preface. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize. 1982.
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Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden

Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time 5 hours 49 minutes.
Easter Bartlett leaves Waycross, Georgia, in 1910 after racial violence tears her family apart. Ending up in Harlem, Easter marries a West Indian man and publishes a novel under a pseudonym. But tragedy again mars her happiness. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2010.
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The Guardship: The Brethren of the Coast, Book 1 by James L. Nelson

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 11 hours 33 minutes.
Virginia, 1701. Planter Thomas Marlowe kills Matthew Wilkenson in a duel over the honor of widow Elizabeth Tinling and then is assigned to protect the colony from pirate Jean-Pierre LeRois. Marlowe conceals his own dubious past. Prequel to Blackbirder (RC 53881). Violence and strong language.
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The Night Inspector by Frederick Busch

Read by David Elias. Reading time 10 hours 20 minutes.
Disfigured Civil War veteran William Bartholomew prowls the slums of Manhattan, where he befriends customs inspector Herman Melville. Encouraged by a Creole prostitute, Bartholomew joins a scheme to free African American children who are being traded as slaves in Florida. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1999. 
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Walking to Gatlinburg by Howard Frank Mosher

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 9 hours 19 minutes.
1864. Seventeen-year-old Morgan Kinneson is guiding an elderly slave along the Underground Railroad in northern Vermont when the man is lynched. Pursued by the killers, Morgan begins a prolonged quest to find his brother, a Union doctor missing since the battle of Gettysburg. Some violence and some strong language. 2010.
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American Civil War Historical FictionGo to Top of Page

The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War by Howard Bahr

Read by Don Hagan. Reading time 11 hours 37 minutes.
Franklin, Tennessee; November 1864. Bushrod Carter, a Confederate rifleman, is one of the last of the Mississippi regiment under General John Bell Hood to survive the lengthy war. After a day of carnage, Carter is nursed by Anna Hereford at a field hospital. Some violence and some strong language. 1997.
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Bright Starry Banner: A Novel of the Civil War by Alden R. Carter

Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 22 hours 1 minute.
Fictional account of the Battle of Stones River near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where Union troops under Major General William Starke Rosecrans confronted Confederate troops led by General Braxton Bragg from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863. Portrays soldiers on both sides. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.
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Charleston by Alexandra Ripley

Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 23 hours 13 minutes.
This historical novel portrays the city of Charleston and its inhabitants from 1863 to 1898. Elizabeth Tradd was five years old when the Civil War ended. Born into the elegant world of the aristocracy, she was not prepared for the harsh reality of life after the war nor for the devastation of the 1886 earthquake. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1981.
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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 18 hours 19 minutes.
A wounded Confederate soldier leaves the war on an arduous trek to his mountain home and the woman he aims to marry. Meanwhile, his intended struggles to work her deceased father's hardscrabble farm. Depicts hardship, peril, and courage in the wartime South. Strong language and violence. Bestseller.
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Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles

Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 11 hours 59 minutes.
As the Civil War sweeps through Missouri in 1864, Adair Colley turns eighteen witnessing Union militia atrocities. Arrested as an enemy collaborator, Adair suffers the indignities of wartime prison while having an unexpected romance with Union major William Neumann, her interrogator. Some strong language. 2002.
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Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War by Gene Hackman

Read by Christopher Lane. Reading time 10 hours 42 minutes.
Union captain Nathan Parker and his men are captured in July 1864 and sent to Georgia's infamous Andersonville prison. Escaping two months later, Parker, unable to convince his superiors to help free other captives, hires former Confederate Marcel LaFarge and his cutthroats. Commercial audiobook. Commercial audiobook. 2008.
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Fire on the Waters: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea by David Poyer

Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 15 hours 12 minutes.
1861. Elisha Eaker enlists in the navy to escape his overbearing father, a powerful Manhattan financier. Leaving behind his sweetheart, Araminta Van Velsor, Elisha joins the crew of the steam sloop Owanee on a dangerous mission to relieve the Union garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Some violence. 2001.
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Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers by Joseph T. Glatthaar

Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 14 hours 24 minutes.
An associate professor of history at the University of Houston explores the interactions of black and white military personnel during and after the American Civil War. This historic anomaly, which brought together 180,000 African-American troops and 7,000 white officers, established precedents that lasted ninety years until the Korean Conflict when the services were integrated.
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Fort Pillow by Harry Turtledove

Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 12 hours 42 minutes.
Historical novel of the controversial Civil War battle at Fort Pillow. On April 12, 1864, Confederate troops storm the western Tennessee Union garrison that is manned by African American and white forces. The Confederates kill many Federal soldiers as they try to escape or surrender. Violence and strong language. 2006.
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Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War by Newt Gingrich

Read by Nick Sullivan. Reading time 18 hours 6 minutes.
1863. Alternative version of the pivotal Civil War battle of Gettysburg: Confederate general Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia gain the advantage as they prepare to engage the Union Army of the Potomac. Some violence. 2003.
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Biographical FictionGo to Top of Page

Betty Zane by Zane Grey

Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 9 hours 26 minutes.
Recounts the family stories about Betty Zane, the capture of her brother Isaac by a Native American princess, Betty's suitors, the successful defense of Fort Henry against the British in 1782, and Betty's race for her life. Grey's first novel about pioneer days, written in 1903.
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Burr by Gore Vidal

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 19 hours 7 minutes.
A fictional memoir of Aaron Burr, a hero of the American Revolution, which describes the struggles and endless intrigues of the new United States. Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton emerge as questionable politicians. Bestseller. 1973.
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Doc Holliday's Gone: A Western Duo by Jane Candia Coleman

Read by Terry Hayes Sales. Reading time 7 hours 45 minutes.
The first of these two fictionalized accounts describes Mary Katherine Horony, Doc Holliday's companion. The second introduces young Viola Howell, who pleads with New Mexico's governor to dismiss the cattle rustling charges against her father and John Slaughter, the man she loves. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.
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Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 14 hours 18 minutes.
1755. Mary Ingles is twenty-three and expecting her third child when Shawnee Indians ravage her Virginia settlement and take her captive. Mary keeps up her spirits and, after a few months in captivity, escapes to make her way on foot through a thousand miles of wilderness to return to her family. Some violence.
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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls

Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 7 hours 57 minutes.
The memoirist who wrote The Glass Castle (RC 61540) novelizes the life of her adventurous grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. After young Lily leaves her family's Texas ranch on horseback, she teaches in remote western schools, drives cars, flies planes, runs a ranch, and finishes college. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.
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The Jazz Bird by Craig Holden

Read by Ray Hagen. Reading time 9 hours 41 minutes.
October, 1927. When Cincinnati bootlegger and lawyer George Remus turns himself in after killing his society wife, the question is not whether he did it, but why? Prosecuting attorney Charlie Taft investigates a tale of murder, lust, and betrayal. Based on a true story. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.
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Jessie: A Novel Based on the Life of Jessie Benton Fremont by Judy Alter

Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 15 hours 9 minutes.
After her husband's death, Jessie Benton Fremont begins writing about her life's involvement in nineteenth-century politics, issues, and adventures. Jessie sees her life in three stages: as the daughter of Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri; as the wife of John Charles Fremont, explorer, soldier, senator, and presidential candidate; and as a historical writer and ghostwriter for her father and her husband. 1995.
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Libbie by Judy Alter

Read by Terry Hayes Sales. Reading time 13 hours 46 minutes.
A fictional journal of Elizabeth Bacon Custer records her private wars with the love of her life: General George Armstrong Custer. They met growing up in Monroe, Michigan, but Elizabeth's father, Judge Bacon, did not approve of the headstrong boy who was not of their class. Elizabeth married him anyway, putting up with his arrogance and his womanizing until his legendary luck ran out at the battle of the Little Bighorn. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.
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Pretty Boy Floyd: A Novel by Larry McMurtry

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 13 hours 24 minutes.
Charley Floyd is a good-looking farm boy needing money to support his wife and baby boy. After his first bank robbery, he just can't help buying a fancy flivver, fine jewelry, and an expensive suit, which draw the law's attention. His good looks, common background, generous spending, and politeness to hostages make him a folk hero, despite his topping the FBI's Most Wanted list. Violence and some descriptions of sex.
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Sally Hemings: a novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud

Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler. Reading time 14 hours 49 minutes.
Based on historical findings, this novel is a speculative, fictional account of a love story between Thomas Jefferson and a slave mistress with whom he lived for thirty-eight years until his death. Sally Hemings had seven children, all of whom were said to be fathered by Jefferson. Some strong language.
Download Sally Hemings: a novel, DB13990

Frontier Historical FictionGo to Top of Page

Arizona!  by Dana Fuller Ross

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 9 hours 38 minutes.
In the sun-scorched land west of Yuma where law and order do not exist, desperadoes rule with brutal terror. Brave men like Cindy Holt's new husband, cavalry officer Reed Kerr, and the trusty Winchester rifle combine to rout the criminals and make the territory safe for settlers. Sequel to Kentucky (DB/RC 26990). 1988.
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The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie Jr.

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 13 hours 42 minutes.
1830s. Seventeen-year-old Boone Caudill heads west from Kentucky after trying to kill his strict father. Boone travels the Missouri River to the Rockies, joins other mountain men, takes a native wife, and becomes as harsh as the wilderness. Includes Wallace Stegner's 1965 foreword. Some violence and some strong language. 1947.
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Chesapeake by James A. Michener

Read by Frank Coffee. Reading time 42 hours 12 minutes.
Fictionalized chronicle of the Chesapeake Bay region of North America and the struggles of four centuries of settlers and natives. Tells the stories of strong-minded hunters, farmers, and fishermen who came here beginning in the late sixteenth century and celebrates the wildlife that thrives along the mid-Atlantic shore. 1978.
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Cimarron  by Edna Ferber

Read by Janis Gray. Reading time 12 hours 9 minutes.
Oklahoma during the great land rush of 1889 is the background for the story of Yancey Cravat, dreamer, adventurer, and gunman, and his wife Sabra, who makes herself into a sturdy pioneer woman and eventually a member of Congress. For high school and older readers.
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Chaff in the Wind by Edna Walker Chandler

Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time 11 hours 11 minutes.
In the spring of 1887, Swedish immigrants Ingrid and John Halgren worry about their wheat crop in the Kansas drought. Farming and raising a family in the new world demands all the stamina, perseverance, and faith they can muster. 1964.
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The Journal of Callie Wade by Dawn Miller

Read by Anne Mullen. Reading time 7 hours 9 minutes.
The fictional diary of an eighteen-year-old Missouri farm girl, describing her family's trek to California by wagon train in 1859. Her journal conveys the sorrow of leaving home and childhood friends, the perils and privations of the trail, and the hope and courage that sustained the pioneers. For senior high and older readers. 1996.
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A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich

Read by Carol McCartney. Reading time 9 hours 7 minutes.
The story of a pioneer woman who, as a bride, accompanied her husband to Nebraska by covered wagon and lived there for the rest of her eighty years. It tells of her courage and devotion to her large family through poverty and hardship. 1928.
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Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time 3 hours 28 minutes.
Wisconsin, 1871. The Ingalls family experiences pioneer life in a little log house, miles from any settlement. They feel safe and secure despite blizzards, wolves, and the loneliness of the big woods. Prequel to Little House on the Prairie (RC 50922). For grades 4-7 and older readers.1932.
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The Pioneers: A Leatherstocking Tale by James Fenimore Cooper

Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 17 hours 40 minutes.
Northern New York frontier, 1823. Settlers in the foothills turn the wilderness into farmland and villages. Judge Temple and his daughter, Elizabeth, help to establish a new civilization, while the natives and frontiersmen are driven out. Old hunter Natty Bumppo, called Leatherstocking, observes the changing environment with regret. 1823.
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The Revenant by Michael Punke

Read by Ted Stoddard. Reading time 9 hours 9 minutes.
Missouri River tributaries, 1823. When a trapper is mauled by a grizzly, he is left behind with two volunteers who soon abandon him. Deserted, defenseless, and enraged, he vows to survive--and exact his revenge. Based on the real life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.
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Great Depression EraGo to Top of Page

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 17 hours 20 minutes.
Steinbeck's classic tale of the Joads, who, like many other families during the Great Depression, are driven from their homestead by drought, economic hardship, and the encroachment of large agricultural interests. They leave Oklahoma in search of a better life in California but meet with hardship and injustice. Pulitzer Prize. 1939.
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Read by Peter Jay Fernandez. Reading time 20 hours 57 minutes.
Classic novel of a young black man's search for identity. Follows the unnamed protagonist from his youth in a Southern town through the depression years in Harlem, where he examines and rejects the values thrust on him by both whites and blacks. Some strong language. National Book Award 1953. 1947.
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Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly

Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time 9 hours 15 minutes.
The 1929 market crash left Samuel Wortham, his wife, Julia, and their two children with absolutely nothing. Forced to leave their home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and take shelter in an abandoned farmhouse in Illinois, they are blessed by the mercy of owner Emma Graham, who offers new hope.
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North River by Pete Hamill

Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 11 hours 50 minutes.
New York City, during the Great Depression. Lonely Dr. James Delaney returns from tending patients--including gangsters and Tammany chieftains--to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep. James hires Rose, a Sicilian housekeeper, and his heart grows lighter even as past secrets endanger his present happiness. Strong language. 2007.
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One Time, I Saw Morning Come Home: A Remembrance by Clair Huffaker

Read by Don Feldheim. Reading time 8 hours 41 minutes.
Noted western author's tender novelization of his parents' life and love together. Tells stories of his gentle mother, Orlean, and his wild, passionate father, Clair, from their first meeting as teenagers in a little Utah mining town to their valiant struggles through the Great Depression and starting a family. 1974.
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Plain Language by Barbara Wright

Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 12 hours 39 minutes.
Mid-1930s. Virginia Mendenhall travels to Colorado to marry Alfred Bowen, a man she has met only twice. Virginia adjusts to ranch hardships, but as the drought and Depression worsen, tensions rise, secrets surface, and Virginia's troubled brother pays a visit. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Spur Award. 2003.
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Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 9 hours 8 minutes.
Depression-era Middle Swan, Colorado; 1936. Elderly Hennie Comfort befriends newcomer Nit Spindle, a newly married seventeen-year-old. Hennie, a natural storyteller, entertains the lonely girl by reminiscing about the seventy years she has spent in the mountains while the menfolk mined for gold. 2009.
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Rainwater by Sandra Brown

Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time 7 hours 7 minutes.
Texas, 1934. Ella Barron runs a boarding house during the depression and accepts Dr. Kincaid's dying cousin David Rainwater as a tenant. Ella falls in love with David as he helps with her mute, autistic ten-year-old boy and the shantytown's inhabitants. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.
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Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles

Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 11 hours 28 minutes.
Depression-era Texas. After her husband's death, Elizabeth Stoddard and her daughters Mayme, Jeanine, and Bea struggle to rebuild their lives on a farm devastated by drought and dust storms. They place their hopes in a wildcat oil well, a racehorse named Smoky Joe, and one another. Some strong language. 2007.
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Sun Going Down by Jack Todd

Read by Nick Sullivan. Reading time 21 hours 18 minutes.
Saga of the Paint family's hardscrabble life on the plains of Nebraska, Dakota, and Wyoming. After the Civil War Ebenezer fathers twin boys Eli and Ezra. The brothers steal horses until Eli begins ranching. During the Great Depression, Eli's daughter Velma falls ill. Violence and strong language.
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Historical Christian FictionGo to Top of Page

The Believers by Janice Holt Giles

Read by Terry Hayes Sales. Reading time 12 hours 2 minutes.
In 1800 a young Kentucky woman agrees to join a Shaker colony with her recently converted husband. He finds fulfillment in the daily routine and group solidarity, but she becomes increasingly unhappy with her neighbors and her marriage. Portrays life in a nineteenth-century Shaker community.
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The Bluebird and the Sparrow: Women of the West by Janette Oke

Read by Barbara Caruso. Reading time 7 hours 15 minutes.
When Berta Berdette's baby sister Glenna arrives, Berta's entire world is upset. As the girls grow into young women, Berta resents the lovely Glenna and vows to be her complete opposite. Berta drives a wedge between herself, her family, and her God until a family tragedy changes her attitude. 1995.
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The Bridge over Flatwillow Creek by Lance Wubbels

Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 11 hours 27 minutes.
Minnesota, 1900s. Annie and Stuart's lives change the day that Stuart rescues her from drowning in Flatwillow Creek. Even though Annie's father insists that she marry the banker's son and Stuart is torn between a career in the ministry versus one in medicine, God's love shows them the way.
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Christy by Catherine Marshall

Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 22 hours 9 minutes.
Based on the life of the author's mother, this is the tale of nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston's first year teaching in an Appalachian mountain cove. With the help of Alice Henderson, the Quaker who founded the Cutter Gap mission school, Christy finds her point of reference in God. She makes friends among the hardscrabble Cutter Gap "clan," sees some of them succumb to typhoid fever, and inspires love in two admirable men.
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Ester Ried Yet Speaking by Isabella Alden

Read by Susan Nardone. Reading time 8 hours 38 minutes.
At the turn of the century, years after the death of his beloved Christian sister, Ester, Alfred Ried bemoans his inability to carry on her charitable work, especially with a group of unruly poor boys. Help comes in the form of his boss's young wife, Flossy Roberts. Despite Alfred's grave doubts, the results are astounding.
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A Fragile Design: Bells of Lowell, Book 2 by Tracie Peterson

Read by Michele Schaeffer.
1831. Arabella Newberry leaves her Shaker community to work in the Lowell, Massachusetts, textile mills, where her ideas about equality and labor rights pit her against English gentleman Taylor Manning. As tensions rise between Irish workers and industrialists, some girls disappear, and Bella finds her life--and heart--in danger. 2003.
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My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 10 hours 16 minutes.
New York City, 1886. When their parents die in a fire, young Maelle Gallagher and her siblings Mattie and Molly board an orphan train to Missouri, where they end up with different families despite Maelle's attempts to keep them together. Though years pass, Maelle vows to reunite the family.
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Prelude: American Anthem, Book 1 by B.J. Hoff

Read by Janis Gray. Reading time 9 hours 19 minutes.
Three immigrant families find evangelism and opportunity in late-nineteenth-century America. Young Susanna Fallon, having come to New York to care for her niece, distrusts her deceased sister's husband--a brilliant, blind composer. A Scottish physician contemplates his practice, and a poor Irish family journeys across the Atlantic. Followed by Cadence (RC 59179) 2002.
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Ruby: Dakotah Treasures, Book 1 by Lauraine Snelling

Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 12 hours 15 minutes.
Dakotah Territory,1882. New York City housemaid Ruby Torvald and her nine-year-old sister Opal receive train tickets from their father to join him out West. When their dad dies upon their arrival and leaves them his saloon, Ruby prays that she and Opal will be able to survive. 2003.
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Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin

Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time 13 hours 44 minutes.
Pennsylvania, 1900s. Harriet follows in the steps of her great-grandmother who participated in the Underground Railroad, her grandmother who fought for Prohibition, and her mother, who marched for the women's suffrage movement. When she is arrested for helping a poor bootlegger, Harriet asks for God's guidance. Christy Award. 2009.
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Historical RomanceGo to Top of Page

Answer as a Man by Taylor Caldwell

Read by Merwin Smith. Reading time 19 hours 48 minutes.
Set at the turn of the century in a small Pennsylvania town, this powerful moral saga traces the life of Jason Garrity, the stalwart son of Irish immigrants. Surviving his poverty-stricken childhood, he attains wealth and marries a snobbish young woman whom he thinks he loves. Later Justin learns through a personal struggle against corruption, the true meaning of justice and love. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1980.
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The Arizona Clan by Zane Grey

Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 6 hours 7 minutes.
Cowboy Dodge Mercer finds work on an Arizona ranch owned by the Lilleys. The close-knit family contends with debt, the ill effects of moonshine, and the antics of thieving Buck Hathaway, who is pursuing young Nan Lilley. Dodge vows to help after he himself falls in love with Nan. 1958.
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Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Read by Gordon Gould. Reading time 13 hours 40 minutes.
A story of the reckless life of the twenties in which Anthony Patch, grandson and heir apparent to millions, falls in love with and marries a glamour girl from Kansas City. Because of their extravagant style of living, their marriage fails, and Grandfather Patch decides against the intended inheritance.
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The Covenant: Abram's Daughters, Book 1 by Beverly Lewis

Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 7 hours 32 minutes.
Pennsylvania Dutch country, 1946. Amish teenager Leah Ebersol wishes only to court young Jonas Mast, but her father has someone else in mind. While Leah struggles to follow her heart, her older sister Sadie defies their faith, lured by the promise of love in a modern world. Followed by The Betrayal (RC 56399). 2002.
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Deep Summer by Gwen Bristow

Read by Janis Gray. Reading time 11 hours 51 minutes.
In the 1770s, fifteen-year-old Judith Sheramy is traveling to Louisiana with her family when she meets up with Philip Larne. Against her parents' wishes, she marries Philip and moves onto his newly acquired plantation. Her family settles nearby and her brother soon marries a Cuban woman. During the following decades the families are altered by illness and infidelity, but the plantations survive. Some strong language and some violence.
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The Lieutenant's Lady by Bess Streeter Aldrich

Read by Mimi Bederman. Reading time 5 hours 41 minutes.
In the 1860s, Nebraskan Linnie Colsworth is attracted to Lieutenant Norman Stafford but realizes he is smitten by her beautiful cousin Cynthia. After Cynthia accepts his marriage proposal, Norman leaves for Indian country. When fickle Cynthia marries another beau, it's up to Linnie to break the news to Norman--a task she decides to do in person.
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The Man from Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller

Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time 11 hours 10 minutes.
1903. Ranger Sam O'Ballivan has come to Haven, Arizona, to catch a band of rustlers. Posing as the new schoolteacher, he will have a bunch of unruly kids to put in order, including the brother of the charming postmistress, Maddie Chancelor. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.
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The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist

Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 9 hours 20 minutes.
San Francisco, 1849. When twenty-year-old Rachel Van Buren's father dies unexpectedly, the proper, religious lady is left in the Gold Rush-frenzied city to care for her siblings with no guardian or means of support. Rachel meets saloon owner Johnnie Parker, a former missionary, who lends a hand--and a heart. 2006.
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Mother Road: Route 66 by Dorothy Garlock

Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 11 hours 48 minutes.
Oklahoma, 1932. When a mysterious Texan called Yates pulls into her brother-in-law Andy's gas station, Leona Dawson is wary--even after he saves Andy's life. Leona gradually begins to trust Yates, but a tragedy tests their burgeoning love. Precedes Hope's Highway (RC 58037). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.
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The Sergeant's Lady by Miles Hood Swarthout

Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 10 hours 20 minutes.
Arizona Territory, late 1800s. General Nelson Miles and Sergeant Ammon Swing of the U.S. cavalry battle Geronimo and his band of fierce Apache warriors. Rancher Jacob Cox and his spunky sister, Martha, who soon finds herself smitten with the sergeant, are caught in the middle. Violence. 2003.
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Creek Mary's blood: a novel by Dee Alexander Brown

Read by Diane Eilenberg. Reading time 14 hours 51 minutes.
Stormy saga set against the background of the Revolutionary War. It tells of the proud and beautiful Creek Mary, daughter of a Muskogee chief, who was the matriarch of warriors, hunters, traders, and some Christian converts. She marries a white trader, but when white encroachment on Indian land ends her dream of a white-Indian community she weds a Cherokee warrior.
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Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake

Read by David Palmer. Reading time 8 hours 41 minutes.
When Lieutenant Dunbar arrives at Fort Hays, the drunken, half- crazed major in charge immediately assigns him to Fort Sedgewick, an abandoned army outpost. Then the major is sent back east because of mental incompetence, and the army is unaware of Dunbar's presence at the fort. Alone, with only a wolf and Indian friends, Dunbar finds himself adapting to the Indian way of life--a life in which he is happy until his past comes back to haunt him. Bestseller.
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Ghost Warrior by Lucia St. Clair Robson

Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 18 hours 21 minutes.
As the U.S. Army launches its campaign in 1850 against Native Americans, an Apache woman forsakes marriage and becomes a fierce warrior. Through thirty years of bloodshed, Lozen spares only one white man from her wrath because of a bond transcending friendship. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.
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Hundred in the Hand by Joseph M. III. Marshall

Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 10 hours 21 minutes.
1920. John Richard Cloud from the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation tells his daughters and grandson the events of his life, including his marriage to a white woman, allegiance to Crazy Horse, and efforts to save the Lakota culture that culminated in the December 1866 massacre of U.S. soldiers. 2007.
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The Last Campaign: A Story of the Hunt for Geronimo by Tim Champlin

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 6 hours 57 minutes.
1886. General George Crook holds a conference to negotiate Geronimo's surrender. But before a truce can be reached, the renegade Apache war chief escapes into northern Mexico. Courier Russ Norwood and scout and interpreter Tom Horn accompany the soldiers on a mission to catch the fugitive or die trying. 1996.
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The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Read by Gordon Gould. Reading time 15 hours 4 minutes.
During the 1757 siege of Fort William Henry on Lake George by the French and Iroquois, two daughters of its commander set out from a neighboring fort to join their father.
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Moon Medicine by Mike Blakely

Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time 14 hours 53 minutes.
In 1927, ninety-nine-year-old Honore Greenwood, aka Moon Medicine, relates his rollicking adventures accompanying the rise and fall of Fort Adobe in Texas. He recalls his loves, and also tells of trading with the Comanche, fighting battles, and ransoming children from captivity. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2001.
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The Proud and the Free by Janet Dailey

Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 11 hours 29 minutes.
In 1830 Eliza Hall arrives in the Georgia Cherokee Nation to tutor the children of Will Gordon. She is surprised to find Cherokees own grand plantations and slaves, but there are signs that this may soon end. Gordon's daughter Temple is adamant that her family will never leave the land, but after five years of harassment, Temple's husband is among the "traitors" that sign a new treaty agreeing to move west. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex.
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Sioux Dawn, the Fetterman Massacre, 1866: The Plainsmen, Book 1 by Terry C. Johnston

Read by John Polk. Reading time 14 hours 31 minutes.
First of a series of historical novels examining the tragedies that occurred at Fort Phil Kearny. Through the eyes of Sergeant Seamus Donegan, Johnston examines the fate of the eighteenth infantry as they battled the Sioux Indians, led by Red Cloud, during the Fetterman Massacre of 1866. Prequel to Red Cloud's Revenge (RC 40640). Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.
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The Wolf and the Buffalo: Texas Traditions by Elmer Kelton

Read by Michael Russotto. Reading time 16 hours 55 minutes.
West Texas, post-Civil War. Released from slavery, Gideon Ledbetter joins the U.S. Cavalry. He clashes with Gray Horse, a Comanche warrior struggling to preserve his tribe's culture against the encroaching settlers. Some strong language. 1980.
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Read by Terence Aselford. Reading time 7 hours 21 minutes.
The escapades and high jinks of schoolboy Tom Sawyer, who lives with his Aunt Polly in a small Missouri town on the Mississippi River. Tom angles for the affections of Becky Thatcher, runs away with Huck Finn and Joe Harper, and tells the truth when it matters. For grades 6-9 and older readers.
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 23 hours 14 minutes.
This saga of two California families spans from the post-Civil War era to the end of World War I. The Trasks, a mixture of gentleness and brutality, contrast with the Hamiltons, the author's own forebears, a well-adjusted, more tranquil family. 1952.
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The Great Gatsby by Francis Scot. Fitzgerald

Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time 4 hours 56 minutes.
The glitter and recklessness of the Jazz Age is the backdrop for this novel about Jay Gatsby's desperate attempt to recapture the past, and along with it, the love of Daisy Buchanan. Amid extravagant parties at Gatsby's palatial estate, his neighbor narrates the story of his obsession with the American dream.
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My Antonia by Willa Cather

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 7 hours 59 minutes.
A lawyer recalls his Nebraska boyhood and the girl who was a strong influence on his life in this novel about pioneering conditions and the assimilation of the immigrant.
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Portrait of a Scoundrel by Nathaniel Benchley

Read by Ed Blake. Reading time 9 hours 50 minutes.
Rambunctious novel of early America set in the years after 1776. Tells the story of James Greenleaf, who rubs shoulders with George Washington, John Adams, Robert Morris, and Aaron Burr. He builds a fabulous fortune for himself and his friends, marries a young baroness, and because of some financial wrangling, spends a term in debtors' prison.
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The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War by Stephen Crane

Read by John Stratton. Reading time 8 hours 22 minutes.
This new edition of an American classic has been recovered, as nearly as possible, from the author's final handwritten manuscript. It includes many key passages, phrases, and words, and an entire chapter that were deleted from the edition published in 1895. The story itself, the first unromanticized novel of the Civil War to attain popularity, portrays a young boy enduring the test of battle in wonder and terror.
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Show Boat by Edna Ferber

Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 11 hours 57 minutes.
Account of a family that lived on a Mississippi River showboat in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Traces the fortunes of Captain Hawks' daughter Magnolia, who marries a gambler and leaves the troupe, and her daughter Kim, who becomes a singer on the New York stage. First published in 1926; updated introduction by Miles Kreuger.
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Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time 9 hours 29 minutes.
This novel traces the various stages of decay in a Southern family through the thoughts and voices of four of its members including Benjy, the idiot son. 1929.
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Read by Carole Jordan Stewart. Reading time 10 hours 35 minutes.
Scout Finch is an outspoken and literate six-year-old tomboy when she begins her tale of growing up in a small Alabama town with her brother Jem and her attorney father Atticus. The children's intense curiosity about a reclusive neighbor is eclipsed by Atticus's attempt to defend a black man against charges of raping a white woman. Pulitzer Prize winner. For high school and older readers.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time 19 hours 33 minutes.
First published in 1852, abolitionist Stowe's depiction of the moral injustice of slavery and the evils of materialism. Tom saves little Eva's life, and years later she tries to help him gain his freedom. Eventually, Tom's protection of runaway Eliza costs him his life at the hands of the brutal ex-Yankee Simon Legree. 1965.
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Command of Honor: General Lucian Truscott's Path to Victory in World War II by H. Paul Jeffers

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 11 hours 32 minutes.
Profiles American four-star general Lucian King Truscott Jr. (1895-1965), who joined the army during World War I and commanded the Third Division and Fifth Army in World War II. Describes Truscott's formation of the Ranger Battalion and leadership in the invasions of North Africa and Europe. Some strong language. 2008.
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The Day We Bombed Switzerland: Flying with the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force in World War II by Jackson Granholm

Read by Ted Stoddard. Reading time 10 hours 45 minutes.
Using trial records and personal recollections, Granholm relates his World War II service as an aerial navigation officer. Describes an attack on Zurich by another bombing group's operational error. Details his defense-attorney role for the two charged pilots and the classified court martial proceedings. Some strong language. 2000.
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The Eleventh Man by Ivan Doig

Read by Mark Delgado. Reading time 12 hours 18 minutes.
Eleven starters of a Montana college football team enlist during World War II. The military propaganda arm selects one of them, Lieutenant Ben Reinking, to chronicle the combat experiences of his friends, who are dying one by one. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.
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Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II by James Tobin

Read by Ted Stoddard. Reading time 11 hours 47 minutes.
Biography of the journalist whose columns on the German bombing of London in December 1940 were immediately popular back in the United States. Provides information on Pyle's personal life and career; traces his perspective on covering the war from the ordinary soldier's viewpoint; includes quotes from his writings that ended with his death near Okinawa in April 1945.
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The Far Reaches: A Josh Thurlow Novel, Book 3 by Homer Hickam

Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 12 hours 8 minutes.
Pacific theater, World War II. Coast Guard captain Josh Thurlow is injured in the battle for Tarawa. Sister Mary Kathleen rescues Josh and recruits him for a near-impossible mission to wrest her home islands, the Far Reaches, from Japanese occupiers. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.
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Four Freedoms by John Crowley

Read by Barry Bernson. Reading time 14 hours 12 minutes.
1940s. An airplane factory moves to Oklahoma and recruits women and undrafted males to join the war effort. One disabled employee, Prosper Olander, has affairs with multiple coworkers, all of whom struggle to build lives in a rapidly changing era. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.
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A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee

Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 11 hours 54 minutes.
Now in his seventies and retired, Doc Hata still resides in his large home of thirty years in Bedley Run, New York. A polite and unassuming man, he harbors secrets of his past as a medic in the Japanese Army during World War II. Some strong language. 1999.
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The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II, Book 1 by Jeff Shaara

Read by John Haag. Reading time 22 hours 39 minutes.
1942-1943. Private Jack Logan, a tank gunner, and Sergeant Jesse Adams, a paratrooper, take part in Operation Torch, during which the Allies launch a second front in North Africa. Generals Patton and Montgomery lead the fight against German Field Marshal Rommel, the Desert Fox. Violence and strong language. 2006.
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The Thin Red Line by James Jones

Read by Alan Hewitt. Reading time 23 hours 7 minutes.
A multi-level fictional chronicle of the amphibious military operation in the World War II Guadalcanal campaign. Explores the collective behavior of a wide and varied cross-section of American military men, from the Big Brass who observe the strategy to the fighting men who carry out the battle plans without knowing or caring about them. 1962.
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A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin

Read by Suzanne Toren. Reading time 16 hours 2 minutes.
After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, four diverse women take shipyard jobs in Michigan to help the war effort. They all struggle with personal problems: Virginia tires of pampering her ungrateful husband; middle-aged Helen loses her faith; Rosa lives with her new in-laws; and Jean yearns for college. 2006.
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